Heart disease and stroke kill 17 million people a year globally. That’s almost one-third of all deaths internationally. It is projected that by 2020, heart disease and stroke will be the leading cause of both death and disability worldwide. The number of fatalities are projected to increase to over 20 million a year and by 2030 to over 24 million according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in conjunction with the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here are some other interesting facts:
- Every 40 seconds someone is having a stroke in the United States.
- Each year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 195,000 are recurrent attacks.
- According to the American Heart Association, over 143,579 people die each year from stroke in the United States.
- Strokes can—and do—occur at ANY age. Nearly one quarter of all strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
- Of all strokes, 87 percent are ischemic strokes, 10 percent are intracerebral hemorrhage strokes, and 3 percent are subarachnoid hemorrhage strokes.
- Stroke death rates are 3x higher for African Americans than for whites, even at younger ages
- Recent studies show that a deficiency of vitamin D3 may be a factor resulting in the remarkable disparities.
- High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.
The Economic Cost of Stroke
The financial costs of strokes in the U.S. is a staggering $73 billion every year in direct and indirect costs. In fact, about half of the stroke-related costs – including treatment, rehabilitation and lost wages will come from stroke victims under the age of 65.
- Studies show that nearly half of stroke survivors under the age of 65 do not return to work
- The total cost of stroke to the United States is estimated at $43 billion per year
- The direct costs of medical care and therapy are estimated at $28 billion per year
- Indirect costs from lost productivity and other factors are estimated at $15 million per year
- The average care for a patient up to 90 days after stroke is $15,000
- For 10 percent of patients, the cost of care for the first 90 days after a stroke is $35,000
Did you know…
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability.
Up to 80% of strokes are preventable; you can prevent a stroke!
The percentage breakdown of direct costs of care for the first 90 days after a stroke is:
- 43%: Initial hospitalization
- 16%: Rehabilitation
- 14%: Physician Costs
- 14%: Hospital Readmission
- 13%: Medications and other expenses