Stroke in 2024: By the Numbers

The potentially life-threating attack is trending younger.

National Stroke Awareness Month in May is a time in which the focus is turned to the causes and potentially life-threatening and devastating effects of strokes.

A sudden and severe neurological attack disrupting blood flow in the brain, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States, a prevalence that demonstrates a 60 percent increase over the past 30 years.

In 2024, the threat of stroke in the United States — and the world at large — remains one that everyone should be aware of regardless of age.

Stroke by the numbers

110 million

People worldwide who have had a stroke

15 million

Worldwide strokes every year


Strokes occurring in people under 70


Strokes occurring in people under 65


Stroke occurring in people under 50

5 million

Worldwide stroke-related deaths

5 million

Worldwide strokes leaving survivors disabled


Strokes in the United States every year


First-time strokes in the United States every year


Strokes in patients who have previously had a stroke

3 ½ minutes

Time between stroke-related deaths in the United States


Strokes that are preventable


People aware of all major stroke symptoms

Risk factors & prevention

The 80 percent of strokes that were preventable refer to addressing stroke risk factors — a list of common and, more importantly, treatable conditions that increase the probability of a patient suffering a stroke.
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

In the United States, one in three adults live with at least one of these conditions. Address these treatable risk factors by discussing them with a primary care physician and developing a treatment plan.

B.E. F.A.S.T.

Know the symptoms of stroke so they can be spotted, recognized, and immediately acted upon. Remember to 'B.E. F.A.S.T.'


Sudden loss of balance and/or coordination


Sudden blurred or double vision, or sudden vision trouble


Facial droop on one side of the face


One-sided arm weakness or numbness, or one arm drifting downward when held straight out


Slurred and/or garbled speech, or difficulty repeating simple phrases


Recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone near you? Do not hesitate — dial 911 immediately for prompt medical attention.


Address your stroke risk factors

Make an appointment with a McLaren primary care provider to lower your risk for stroke.

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Stroke care at McLaren Health Care

Learn more about the state-of-the-art capabilities of the McLaren Stroke Network.

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