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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.2Get 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.



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Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry    SPHA    WISWEWOMAN

Stroke Survivor Stories

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Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Read these survivor stories to learn more about stroke, including how you may be at risk, how to recognize stroke, and what to do if stroke happens.

Read the survivor stories stories.


Spotlight on Stroke

Stroke death declines have STALLED in 3 out of every 4 states. CONTINUED= death rates continued to decrease steadily from 2000 through 2015 in adults 35 years and older SLOWED= the decrease in death rates slowed down over time REVERSED= the death rates reversed from decreasing to increasing DECLINES HAVE: •	Continued in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Rhode Island. •	Slowed in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, and New Jersey. •	Reversed in Hawaii, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

CDC Vital Signs: Progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths. Access new data and proven strategies to prevent and treat stroke.

Featured Items

Stroke Survivors Stories

DHDSP Recognizes Stroke Survivors
In observance of National Stroke Awareness Month this May, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is spotlighting stroke survivors and the importance of stroke awareness. Visit our new Survivor Stories webpage to learn more about stroke and how it can happen to anyone, even fitness enthusiasts and new moms.

New Report on Prevention of Stroke

New Stroke Guidelines
The 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke was released by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in February 2018. The Guidelines serve as a comprehensive resource for the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke.

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2017 Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines Released
The “2017 ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines” was released on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Vital Signs: Preventing Stroke Deaths

Vital Signs: Preventing Stroke Deaths
After decades of decline, progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths. Almost 800,000 people have a stroke each year, more than 140,000 die and many survivors face disability. This is disturbing because about 80% of strokes are preventable. Controlling your blood pressure, managing cholesterol, diabetes, and quitting smoking are important steps to reducing your risk. Learn more about how health systems can address stroke risk factors and improve the quality of stroke care to reduce stroke deaths.

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Heart Disease and Stroke Maps
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.

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“Stroke and You” Fact Sheet Series
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.

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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