The New Jersey Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital
- Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death. In 2012, stroke was responsible for 6.7 million (12 percent) of deaths.
- Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries. About 130,000 Americans die every year from stroke.
- Every year, 795,000 individuals have a stroke in the United States.
- Someone in the U.S. dies every 4 minutes from stroke.
- Stroke is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. An estimated 6.8 million (2.8%) of people in the United States are living after having had a stroke, including 3.8 million women and 3 million men.
- Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
1. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/
3. Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women. Stroke. 2014; 45: 1545-1588