The rate of hospitalizations for stroke per 10,000 population increased from 32.4 in 1989 to 34.9 in 1999, but then decreased to 31.8 in 2009, according to new data from the CDC. Throughout these 2 decades, more than two-thirds of stroke-related hospitalizations occurred among patients aged 65 and older. A 20% decrease in stroke hospitalization was observed in patients aged 65 to 74 and 85 and older. A 24% decrease in stroke hospitalization rates was seen in patients aged 75 to 84 during the study period.

Source: CDC.