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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 2.5 times higher in American Samoa, as compared to the U.S. National 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 (2010)

 

Territory

Non-Hispanic White
(U.S. National)

Guam / Non-Hispanic White
Ratio

Guam

71.6

37.8

1.9

American Samoa

94.5

37.8

2.5

Northern Marianas

--

37.8

--

Source: CDC, 2013. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 61, Num 04 Table 19.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 3MB]

 

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 Hispanic Americans

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and Hispanic Americans

High Cholesterol – See Heart Disease and Hispanic Americans

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart Disease and Hispanic Americans


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