Consider these statistics from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
- Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
- On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.
- When considered separately from other cardiovascular diseases, stroke ranks No. 3 among all causes of death, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.
- On average, every three to four minutes someone dies of a stroke.