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How common are strokes?

Of the approximately 795,000 strokes that occur in the United States each year, about 610,000 are first strokes, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Although the incidence of stroke has declined significantly since the 1960s, the strokes that do happen are just as severe. In fact, stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. About 750,000 people suffer a stroke each year. 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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