About Stroke or Brain Attack

The American Stroke Association (ASA), a division of the American Heart Association, reports the following statistics regarding strokes:

  • Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart, all forms of cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
  • Almost every 40 seconds in the United States, a person experiences a stroke.
  • Over 4 million U.S. adults live today with the effects of a stroke.
  • ASA estimates strokes cost the U.S. $73.7 billion in 2010.
  • Women account for about 6 in 10 stroke deaths.
  • Black males have almost twice the risk of a first-ever stroke compared with white males.
  • Hispanics have an increased risk of stroke compared with non-Hispanic whites.
  • Each year about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the U.S.
  • Stroke accounts for about 1 out of every 18 deaths in┬áthe U.S.

There are more strokes as people live longer because the risk of stroke increases with age.

--From the Johns Hopkins Health Library


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Victor C. Urrutia February 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Dear Gaelle,
Hypertension is the most important risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage (hemorrhagic stroke). Depending on your father's age and the location of the hemorrhage, there may be other factors to consider that are not impacted by lifestyle factors. One such condition is cerebral amyloid angiopathy which is a condition that weakens the blood vessels and makes them prone to bleeding, this is more common in older people and can be evaluated to some extent by obtaining an MRI with special sequences.
If the evaluation, looking for a specific cause has been negative, it is most likely that hypertension was the most important factor.

Victor C. Urrutia, MD


Gaelle February 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

My dad (white Caucasian living in France) suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He always was outdoor walking, biking; he eats healthy (from my prospective), he is not overweight BUT he had high blood pressure and was treated for it since years. My question: what is actually making him at risk for a hemorrhagic stroke? My being a scientist was hit hard because he is not the typical male at risk....


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