8 interesting facts about a stroke

Matthew Rezab

Strokes kill 130,000 each year. That is one out of every 19 deaths.

On average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes.

Every year, almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke. 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.

About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning blood flow to the brain is blocked or impaired.

Strokes cost the United States an estimated $36.5 billion per year.

The risk of having a first stroke is twice as high for African-Americans than for white people.

Strokes can occur at any age. In 2009, 34 percent of strokes were suffered by people under the age of 65.

High blood pressure can be a major contributing factor in the occurrence of a stroke.

All information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.