Each year in the United States, there are more than 800,000 strokes.
Stroke is a leading cause of death in the country and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65 and the risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55. Stroke and dementia are more likely to affect people with high blood pressure. Understand the links and learn what you can do to minimize your risk.