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The New Jersey Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital

Stroke Statistics 


  • 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


3. Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women. Stroke. 2014; 45: 1545-1588