Stroke by the Numbers

By Jason M. Carlton, APR

As the country recognizes National Stroke Awareness Month, Intermountain Medical Center Stroke Services would like to share some startling statistics about the prevalence of stroke, its risk factors and what can be done to prevent injury or death following a stroke. 


 - Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke

 - Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States will suffer a new or recurrent stroke (610,000 are first-time strokes, while 185,000 are recurrent)

 - More than 137,000 people in the U.S. die from a stroke each year

 - About 60% of stroke deaths occur in females/About 40% of stroke deaths occur in males

 - One person dies of a stroke every four minutes

 - In 2010, stroke caused approximately 1 of every 19 deaths in the United States

 - 80% of strokes can be prevented

 - The American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of 1500mg of sodium; A salty diet may lead to high blood pressure, which is a major cause of stroke

 - From 2000 to 2010, the actual number of stroke deaths declined by 22.8%

Some of the risk factors associated with stroke include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The following statistics highlight the prevalence of these factors:

 - In 2012, among Americans over the age of 18, 20.5% of men and 15.9% of women continued to be cigarette smokers

 - In 2011, 18.1% of students in grades 9-12 reported current cigarette use

 - In 2012, 29.9% of adults reported engaging in no aerobic leisure-time physical activity

 - Nearly 35% of U.S. adults are obese, which affects men and women of all race/ethnic groups

 - Among children 2-19 years of age, 31.8% are overweight and obese (which represents 23.9 million children)

 - Coronary artery disease alone caused roughly one of every six deaths in the United States in 2010

 - One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure

Learn more about preventing strokes and recognizing the signs of a stroke.

Statistics from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.