Stroke in 2023: 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 2023, the threat of stroke in the United States — and the world at large — remains one that everyone should be aware of.

Stroke by the numbers

110 million

People worldwide who have had a stroke

15 million

Worldwide strokes every year

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


Percentage of strokes that are ischemic


Percentage of strokes that are preventable


Percentage of strokes occurring in patient under age 65


Percentage of 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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