What is the prevalence of stroke?

Updated: Aug 04, 2021
  • Author: Wanda L Rivera-Bou, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Of these, 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 recurrent attacks. Of all strokes, 87% are ischemic strokes, 10% are intracerebral hemorrhage strokes, and 3% are subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) strokes. [13] Among patients with ischemic strokes, 13-15% die within 30 days. [42] Intravenous (IV) thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is now generally accepted.

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