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Stroke and American Indians/Alaska Natives

  • In general, American Indians/Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to have a stroke as their white adult counterparts.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 30 percent more likely than white adults to have high blood pressure.

At a glance – Diagnosed Cases of Stroke:

Age-adjusted percentages of stroke among persons 18 years of age and over, 2012

 

American
Indian/Alaska
Native

Non-Hispanic
White

American
Indian/Alaska
Native/White Ratio

Men and Women

4.3*

2.4

1.8

Source:  CDC 2014.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 

 At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Stroke Death Rates per 100,000 (2013)

 

American
Indians/Alaska
Natives

Non-Hispanic White

American
Indians/Alaska
Natives/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

22.7

34.9

0.7

Women

22.5

34.5

0.7

Total

24.6

35.0

0.7

Source:  CDC 2014. National Vital Statistics Report. Vol. 64, No. 02 Table 16-17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 1.69MB]

 

*Estimates are considered unreliable. Data shown have a relative standard error of greater than 30%

At a Glance – Risk Factors:

There are several risk factors related to stroke. Some of these risk factors are:

Obesity and Overweight – See Obesity and American Indians/Native Americans

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

High Cholesterol – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

Last Modified: 9/15/2017 10:58:00 AM