Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.1,2 About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.2 Get more quick facts about stroke.
Stroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.
Stroke is treatable. Learn the signs of stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting fast treatment is important to preventing death and disability from stroke.
Learn About Stroke
With the Heart Disease and Stroke Map Widget, state and local health departments and other organizations can display state-and county-level maps of heart disease and stroke death rates on their websites. The maps are automatically updated by CDC.
World Stroke Day raises awareness of the warning signs of stroke and how to act F.A.S.T. if you think someone may be having a stroke. Learn more.
Seven out of 10 U.S. adults ages 65 or older have high blood pressure, yet nearly half of these adults don’t have it under control. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. Taking blood pressure medicine as directed lowers your risk for stroke. Learn how you can work with your health care team to make taking your medicine easier and improve blood pressure control.
Watch a CDC Grand Rounds webcast featuring presentations from experts on how stroke is preventable and treatable, how women are affected differently, and what is being done to bridge the gaps in stroke treatment.
Over the past 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people having strokes worldwide. A report from Nature reviews primary stroke prevention strategies and suggests key actions to help reduce the burden of stroke. The report was compiled by several stroke experts, including scientists from the CDC.
Certain groups are at higher risk for stroke. The “Stroke and You” series highlights the prevention challenges these groups face and what CDC is doing to address them.
- Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Arias E. Mortality in the United States, 2013. NCHS Data Brief, No. 178. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.
- Mozzafarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, et al., on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2016;133(4):e38–360.
- Page last reviewed: February 6, 2017
- Page last updated: February 6, 2017
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