About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke
each year. About 610,000 are first strokes, and about 185,000 are recurrent
The exact number of people who have had a
transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for
certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. And about half of the people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
It is estimated that about 200,000 TIAs are diagnosed by a doctor in the United States each year. Men, African Americans, and Mexican Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races.1
Roger VL, et al. (2012). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: A report of the American Heart Association. Circulation, 125(1): e2–e220. Also available online: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/125/1/e2.full .
January 3, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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