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Impact of Stroke

With a population that is growing older, it is estimated that by 2030, 72 million people will be 65 and older. The future population will not only be older but also more racially and ethnically diverse. Learn the impact of stroke on certain populations more affected by stroke. 

Stroke risk for women is higher than men. Learn about the unique stroke factors women face.

It’s a myth that only older adults have strokes. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, including teenagers, children, newborns, and unborn babies. The risk of stroke in children is greatest in the first year of life and during the period of right before birth to right after birth. Stroke remains among the top 10 causes of death in children.

Minorities in the U.S. have higher stroke risks, stroke occurrence at an earlier age, and for some more severe strokes. Read more about the risk factors related to ethnicity and gender. 

  • Many young stroke survivors are between the ages of 18-65 years old. The financial burden and family obligations after a stroke in young adults can be significantly more than for older stroke survivors. Younger adults often ignore stroke symptoms that could save their lives and frequently have to live longer with the physical effects of a stroke and experience a greater loss in salary earnings.

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