World Stroke Day 2023

Zaid Siddiqui

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Why We Celebrate World Stroke Day?


Due to the increase in the rate of strokes per year, World Stroke Day is celebrated as a remarkable event to inspire awareness worldwide. This event encourages people to think more and more about progressively increasing stroke problems.


The purpose of World Stroke Day, commemorated every year on October 29, is to increase awareness and drive actions on stroke worldwide. In addition, this day provides opportunities to advocate for actions by decision-makers to improve stroke prevention, increase access to emergency medical care, and support survivors and caregivers. World Stroke Day 2022 campaign on “save #precioustime” focuses on recognizing stroke signs using the “FAST” and stressing the need for immediate treatment to prevent death or permanent disability.


Stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death. The Global Stroke Factsheet released in 2022 reveals that the lifetime risk of developing a stroke has increased by 50% over the last 17 years, and now, 1 in 4 people is estimated to have a stroke in their lifetime.


From 1990 to 2019, there has been a 70% increase in stroke incidence, a 43% increase in deaths due to stroke, a 102% increase in stroke prevalence, and a 143% increase in Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY). The most striking feature is that the bulk of the global stroke burden (86% of deaths due to stroke and 89% of DALYs) occurs in lower and lower-middle-income countries. This disproportionate burden experienced by lower and lower-middle-income countries has posed an unprecedented problem to families with fewer resources.


In 2021, 1 in 6 deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke.


  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Every 3 minutes and 14 seconds, someone dies of a stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 in 4—are in people with a previous stroke.
  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes (source: CDC), in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke-related costs in the United States came to nearly $56.5 billion between 2018 and 2019. This includes the cost of healthcare services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed work days.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of severe long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and older.


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