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The American Stroke Association (ASA), a division of the American Heart Association, reports the following statistics regarding strokes:
Stroke is the fifth largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart, all forms of cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
Almost every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke.
Over 4 million U.S. adults live today with the effects of a stroke.
ASA estimates strokes cost the U.S. $73.7 billion in 2010.
Women account for about 6 in 10 stroke deaths. Men have a greater incidence of stroke, but women die more frequently of stroke.
African Americans have almost twice the risk of a first-ever stroke compared with Caucasian males. They also have a much higher death rate from stroke than Caucasian males.
Hispanics have an increased risk of stroke compared with non-Hispanic whites.
Each year about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the U.S.
Stroke accounts for about 1 out of every 18 deaths in the U.S.
There are more strokes as people live longer because the risk of stroke increases with age.
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