What is the incidence of ischemic stroke in the US and globally?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. [46, 47] Each year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience new (610,000 people) or recurrent (185,000 people) stroke. [4] Epidemiologic studies indicate that 82-92% of strokes in the United States are ischemic.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die, and another 5 million are left permanently disabled. [48]

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