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.