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Stroke and Asian Americans

  • Overall, Asian American adults are about 20 percent less likely than white adults to die from a stroke (cerebrovascular disease). 
  • In general, Asian American adults have lower rates of being overweight or obese, lower rates of hypertension, and they are less likely to be current cigarette smokers, all risk factors for having a stroke (cerebrovascular disease).

Diagnosed Cases of Stroke:

Age-adjusted percentage of stroke among persons 18 years of age and over, 2018
Asian Non-Hispanic White Asian / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
2.7 2.7 1.0

Source: CDC 2020. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2018. Table A-1a.


Death Rate:

Age-adjusted stroke death rates per 100,000 (2017)
  Non-Hispanic Asian Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Asian /
Non- Hispanic White Ratio
Men 32.1 36.0 0.8
Women 28.7 36.0 0.8
Total 30.3 36.4 0.8

Source: CDC 2019. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 68, No. 9. Table 10. [PDF | 1.76MB]

Risk Factors:

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

Obesity and Overweight – See Obesity and Asians Americans

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and Asians and Pacific Islanders

High Cholesterol – See Heart disease and Asians and Pacific Islanders

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart disease and Asians and Pacific Islanders

Last Modified: 2/11/2021 11:35:00 AM