Hospitalization for Stroke in U.S. Hospitals, 1989–2009

Cdc.gov: Number 95, Margaret Jean Hall, Ph.D.; Shaleah Levant, M.P.H.; and Carol J. DeFrances, Ph.D., May 2012.
  • The rate of hospitalization for stroke (cerebrovascular disease) per 10,000 population increased from 32.4 in 1989 to 34.9 in 1999, and then decreased to 31.8 in 2009.
  • About 800,000 hospitalizations for stroke occurred in 1989 and almost 1 million in 1999 and 2009. More than two-thirds of these hospitalizations were for patients aged 65 and over.
  • The stroke hospitalization rate from 1999 to 2009 decreased 20% for those aged 65–74 and 85 and over, and 24% for those aged 75–84.
  • The rate of hospitalization for older stroke patients increased with advancing age in 1989, 1999, and 2009.
  • The average length of stay for stroke patients was similar in 1999 (5.4 days) and 2009 (5.3 days). These stays were significantly shorter than the 10.2-day average stay in 1989.
  • A smaller proportion of stroke patients died in the hospital in 2009 (5%) than in 1989 (9%). Read more