How common are ischemic strokes?

Strokes, including ischemic strokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. About 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and about 87 percent of these strokes are ischemic strokes. However, the good news is that far fewer people die from strokes today, as a result of better management of risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

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