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Health Indicator Report of Stroke (Cerebrovascular Disease) Deaths

Stroke, the death of brain tissue usually resulting from artery blockage, was the fifth leading cause of death in Utah in 2015. About 700,000 new or first-time strokes occur in the U.S. each year. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability. Although strokes occur in all age groups, those 65 and older are most likely to experience stroke.
In 2014, the age-adjusted stroke death rate for Utah was 37.9 per 100,000, and the U.S. rate was 36.5. The difference between the rates was not statistically significant. In 2015, the age-adjusted rate was 38.3 for Utah. 2015 data is not currently available for the U.S.

Stroke Deaths, Utah and U.S., 1980-2015


ICD-9 codes 430-438; ICD-10 codes I60-I69 (equivalent to NCHS 113 Leading Causes of Death #61: Cerebrovascular Diseases). Estimates from 1998 and before have been comparability-modified to be consistent with ICD-10 coding system definitions. All rates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. However, Utah rates are drawn from IBIS, which uses 11 age-adjustment groups, and may differ from the Utah rates in CDC WONDER.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2015
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The rate of stroke deaths (ICD-10 codes I60-I69) per 100,000 population.


The number of deaths due to stroke (ICD-10 codes I60-I69) among Utah or U.S. residents for a calendar year.


Total midyear resident population for the same calendar year.

Healthy People Objective HDS-3:

Reduce stroke deaths
U.S. Target: 34.8 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: 28.2 deaths per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators[[br]] CSTE Chronic Disease Indicators

How Are We Doing?

Death rates for stroke have generally declined in recent decades. This trend is likely related to improvements in acute stroke care and in improved detection and treatment of hypertension. In 2015, the crude stroke death rate was 29.6 per 100,000 population.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2014, the age-adjusted Utah rate (37.9 per 100,000) was not statistically different from the U.S. rate (36.5 per 100,000). U.S. data were obtained through CDC WONDER. In 2015, the age-adjusted Utah rate was 38.3 per 100,000. 2015 U.S. data is currently not available.

What Is Being Done?

The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care Program (EPICC) was formed in 2013, consolidating three Utah Department of Health programs (Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, and the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Program). The purpose of the consolidation was to ensure a productive, collaborative, and efficient program focused on health outcomes. EPICC aims to reduce the incidence of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke by targeting risk factors including reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and nutritious food consumption, and improving diabetes and hypertension control. The program is organized around four domains: *Domain 1: Epidemiology and Surveillance--gather, analyze, and disseminate data and information and conduct evaluation to inform, prioritize, deliver, and monitor programs and population health. *Domain 2: Policy and Environment--environmental approaches the promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors (statewide in schools and childcare, worksites, and communities). *Domain 3: Health Systems--Health system interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services in order to prevent disease, detect diseases early, and reduce or eliminate risk factors and manage complications. *Domain 4: Community Clinical Linkages--Strategies to improve community-clinical linkages ensuring that communities support and clinics refer patients to programs that improve management of chronic conditions.[[br]] [[br]] The primary program strategies include: *Increasing healthy nutrition and physical activity environments in K-12 schools *Increasing healthy nutrition and physical activity environments in early care and education (childcare/preschool) *Increasing healthy nutrition and physical activity environments in worksites *Improving awareness of prediabetes and hypertension for Utahns *Improving the quality of medical care for people with diabetes and hypertension *Improving the linkages between health care providers and supporting community programs for Utahns with diabetes and hypertension *Improving access and availability to community health programs for Utahns with diabetes, hypertension, and obesity *Improving care and management of students with chronic conditions in Utah schools

Available Services

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time. Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by: *Improving access to effective care. *Improving the quality of care for the ABCS (appropriate aspirin prescription, blood pressure control, cholesterol control, and smoking cessation). *Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke. *Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. *Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.[[br]] [[br]] See what you can do to be part of the solution. Visit [] for more information.

Health Program Information

In 2012, the Utah Department of Health published a statistical report titled ''The Impact of Heart Disease and Stroke in Utah''. This report describes overall patterns in cardiovascular disease and risk factors at the state and national levels and among Utah sub-populations (age group, sex, race, ethnicity, and Utah Small Area). To download the full report, please visit [].
Page Content Updated On 12/14/2016, Published on 12/27/2016
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