Quick Stroke Facts


Virginia (as of 2015)

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for Virginians.

Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year – that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.

Stroke kills about 3,300 Virginians each year – that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.  Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.

Someone in Virginia has a stroke every 50 minutes. Every 2.5 hours, someone dies of a stroke in Virginia.

Every year, more than 750,000 people in the United States have a stroke.  About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.

About 26,000 Virginians have suffered a stroke who had a history of a previous stroke, while 17,000 had a first time stroke.

Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year (includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work).

Stroke cost Virginia around $882 million dollars for inpatient hospital charges alone.



Stroke Statistic Resources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    The BRFSS, the world’s largest telephone survey, tracks health risks in the United States. Information from the survey is used to improve the health of the American people.
    The FASTATS site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
  • Health United States, 2015
    Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Chartbook from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    The Morbidity & Mortality: Chart Book on Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Diseases is a biennial compilation of data on the size and trends of morbidity and mortality from the cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases. While most charts describe national prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality statistics, some of them provide additional information by state or country. Risk factors estimates and the economic costs of these diseases are also included.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics from the American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association works with government agencies to derive our annual statistics for cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Online Tools

  • Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke is an online mapping tool that allows users to create and customize county-level maps of heart disease and stroke by race and ethnicity, gender, age group, and more.
  • Data Trends & Maps CDC’s Data Trends & Maps online tool allows you to search for and view health indicators related to heart disease and stroke prevention. You can search on the basis of a specific location, data source, or health indicator.
  • Roadmap for State Planning Web-based resource for training, tools and other information to help build successful initiatives to prevent heart disease and stroke. The Roadmap offers information on four key areas of programmatic activities for developing and implementing a heart disease and stroke prevention program, including what to do and how to do it.

Reports and Maps:

Stroke Burden Report 

Stroke Hospital Map

Top 3 Hospitals with Stroke Hospitalization Percentage per Locality, 2014-2018 Virginia Data

Age-Adjusted Stroke Mortality Rates per Locality, 2014-2018 Virginia Data

Stroke Triage Plan