Consider the following statistics regarding strokes:
Stroke is the third largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer.
Almost every 40 seconds in the United States, a person experiences a stroke.
Over 4 million US adults live today with the effects of a stroke.
The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, estimates strokes cost the US $68.9 billion in 2009.
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 US.
Stroke accounts for about 1 out of every 17 deaths in the US.
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