Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May 05, 2017

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States*, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

According to the WHA Information Center, in calendar year 2016, there were 9,945 inpatient admissions, 2,817 emergency room visits (treated and released), 924 observation care visits and 10,777 hospital visits that required imaging, lab work or other medical services where primary or secondary treatment was for stroke.

Every four minutes, someone in the United States dies of stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes; 185,000 are recurrent strokes. Stroke is an important cause of disability and reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over. Stroke costs the nation $33 billion annually, including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.

WHA’s CheckPoint program has data related to Wisconsin hospitals’ mortality and readmission rates for stroke. You can access that information here: 

*Centers for Disease Control

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC ( is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the May 05, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter