Topic Overview

More than 50,000 people in Canada have a stroke each year.footnote 1

    • Stroke is a leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
    • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in Canada.
    • More women than men have a stroke every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than for men.
    • First Nations people and those of African or South Asian descent are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.

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. Many people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.

References

Citations

  1. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2013). Stroke Statistics. Available online: http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483991/k.34A8/Statistics.htm.
  2. Benjamin EJ, et al. (2017). Heart disease and stroke statistics-2017 update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 135(10): e146-e603. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000485. Accessed January 26, 2017.

Credits

Adaptation Date: 12/3/2017

Adapted By: HealthLink BC

Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC

Adaptation Date: 12/3/2017

Adapted By: HealthLink BC

Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC