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Stroke and TIA: Who Is Affected

Topic Overview

About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. About 610,000 are first strokes, and about 185,000 are recurrent attacks: 1

  • Stroke is a leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • More women than men die from strokes every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than risk of stroke for men.
  • Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites to have a stroke.

The exact number of people who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. And about half of the people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.

Men, African Americans, and Mexican Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races. 1

References

Citations

  1. Go AS, et al. (2013). Heart disease and stroke statistics–2013 update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 127(1): e6–e245.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as of April 9, 2014

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