Stroke fact sheet

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • More than 12,000 Quebecois experience a stroke every year.
  • Every year, 14,000 Canadians die of strokes, making it the third-leading cause of death in the nation.
  • About 80 per cent of strokes are ischemic, caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain due to a blood clot.
  • About 20 per cent of strokes are hemorrhagic, caused by uncontrolled bleeding in the brain.
  • Each year, over 14,000 Canadians die from stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in Canada.
  • Each year, more women than men die from stroke.
  • There are estimated 50,000 strokes in Canada each year, or one stroke every 10 minutes.
  • Each year 200 to 300 Canadian children will experience a perinatal stroke.
  • About 315,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke.
  • Stroke costs the Canadian economy $3.6 billion a year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages, and decreased productivity.
  • Every year, patients with stroke spend more than 639,000 days in acute care in Canadian hospitals and 4.5 million days in residential care facilities.
  • After age 55, the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years.
  • A stroke survivor has a 20 per cent chance of having another stroke within two years.

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