CDC report shows racial and ethnic disparities in stroke mortality - Newsletter - Brief Article

Author: Matthew Neff
Date: March 15, 2003

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), geographic disparities in the number of stroke deaths vary significantly among racial and ethnic groups, including blacks being 1.4 times more likely to die of a stroke than whites, and more than twice as likely as Hispanics and Native Americans to die of a stroke. It also showed that blacks were more likely to die of stroke at an earlier age, with almost 50 percent of stroke deaths occurring before the age of 75 years, compared with 45 percent among Asians and Pacific Islanders, and 25 percent among whites. The report, Atlas of Stroke Mortality, provides national and state maps depicting disparities in county-level stroke death rates from 1991 to 1998 for adults age 35 years and older in the five largest racial and ethnic groups in the United States (blacks, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and whites). The Atlas reports that the overall stroke death rates for adults age 35 years and older was 121 per 100,000. The Atlas of Stroke Mortality is the third in a series of CDC atlases on cardiovascular diseases. For a free copy of the report, call 888-232-2306. To view interactive maps of stroke mortality or download sections of the report, visit

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