Facts and Statistics
Facts and Stats
According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke (new or recurrent) every year.
On average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds.
- Stroke kills more than 150,000 people a year. That's approximately one out of every 16 deaths.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death behind diseases of the heart and cancer.
- On average, every three to four minutes someone dies of stroke.
- Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) represents 85 percent of all strokes.
- Effective stroke treatment is largely dependent upon the speed and availability of appropriate medical treatment - every second counts.
- A majority of rural or remote hospitals do not have a neurologist or neurosurgeon on staff.
- According to a five-year study by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms are at least 30 percent more likely to recover with little or no disability after three months.
- Currently, only 10 percent of stroke patients are treated with tPA within the 180-minute window at the onset of symptoms.