Stroke Facts

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Stroke Facts:  Incidence and Prevalence

  • Stroke is the #1 cause of chronic disability and #3 cause of death in Hawaii (State of Hawaii Department of Health, 2017).
  • In 2014, 3.1% of the population (over 43,000 people) of Hawai’i indicated they had been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they had a stroke (Hawai’i Health Data Warehouse, 2014).
  • Hawai’i’s stroke rate is 53.2 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 47.8 per 100,000 (Centers for Disease Control, 2015).


The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions. Every stroke is unique. If a stroke occurs and blood flow cannot reach the region of the brain and controls a particular body function, that part of the body may not work as it should.

If a stroke occurs in the right side of the brain, the following could occur:

Transient Ischemic Attack illustration

  • Paralysis on the left side of the body
  • Vision problems
  • Development of a quick, inquisitive behavioral style
  • Memory loss

If a stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, the following could occur:

  • Paralysis on the right side of the body
  • Speech/language problems
  • Development of a slow, cautious behavioral style
  • Memory loss

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Citation: American Stroke Association (2012). Retrieved from