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Stroke and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

  • Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were four times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to die from a stroke in 2010.
  • In general, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander adults have developed several of the high-risk factors which can lead to heart attacks and stroke, such as higher rates of obesity, hypertension and cigarette smoking.
  • Cerebrovascular disease can be more prevalent in some U.S. island territories. For example, the death rate from stroke is 2.7 times higher in American Samoa than in the U.S. non-Hispanic white population.

At a glance – Diagnosed Cases of Stroke:

Age-adjusted percentages of stroke among persons 18 years of age and over, 2010

Native Hawaiian/Pacific
Islander

Non-Hispanic White

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

10.6

2.5

4.2

Source:  CDC 2011.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2010.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_252.pdf [PDF | 1.6MB]

 

A recent report from the state of Hawaii, a state with a high percentage of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents, reveals some relevant facts:

Minority Rate for Stroke, Hawaii 2005

 

Population

Population / White Ratio

White

32.1

--

Filipino

84.4

2.6

Japanese

48.2

1.5

Native Hawaiian

57.1

1.8

Source:  State of Hawaii, 2007. The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Hawaii 2007.  Figure 7.
http://hawaii.gov/health/statistics/brfss/reports/CVDBurden_Rpt2007.pdf [PDF | 891KB]

 

 At a glance – Death Rate:

  • No national data available at this time.

 At a glance – United States Territories:

Age-Adjusted Stroke Death Rates per 100,000 (2012)

 

Territory

Non-Hispanic White
(U.S. National)

Guam / Non-Hispanic White
Ratio

Guam

75.4

35.8

2.1

American Samoa

96.8

35.8

2.7

Northern Marianas

--

35.8

--

Source: CDC, 2014. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 63, Num 09 Table 19.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_09.pdf [PDF | 4.31MB]

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 Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

High Cholesterol – See Heart Disease and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart Disease and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Last Modified: 9/15/2017 9:35:00 PM