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    Stroke and TIA: Who Is Affected - Topic Overview

    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 attacks:1

    • Stroke is a leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
    • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
    • More women than men die from strokes every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than risk of stroke for men.
    • Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites to have a stroke.

    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.

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    Men, African Americans, and Mexican Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races.1

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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