In 2018, stroke accounted for about 1 of every 19 deaths in the US.
• On average in 2016, someone died of stroke every 3 minutes 33 seconds.
• When considered separately from other CVD, stroke ranks No. 5 among all causes of
death in the US, causing 147,810 deaths in 2018.
• In 2018, the age-adjusted stroke death rate was 37.1 per 100,000, a decrease of 11.9%
from 2008, whereas the actual number of stroke deaths increased 10.2% during the same
time period.
• According to data from 2005, stroke was a leading cause of serious long-term disability
in the US. Approximately 3% of males and 2% of females reported that they were
disabled because of stroke.
• In 2019, there were 6.6 million deaths attributable to cerebrovascular disease worldwide
(3.3 million deaths from ischemic stroke, 2.9 million deaths from intracerebral
hemorrhage (ICH), and 0.4 from subarachnoid hemorrhage).
o Several countries in Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, and Oceania
have the highest rates of stroke mortality.
o Countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have among the highest mortality
rates attributable to ischemic stroke.
o ICH mortality is highest in Oceania, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and parts of
sub-Saharan Africa.
o Mortality attributable to SAH is highest in parts of Asia.

Stroke - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic