Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Stroke Mortality

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

Cerebrovascular diseases (including stroke) were responsible for nearly 1,110 deaths in Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2015 and were the fourth leading cause of death during that time period. Stroke was responsible for 870 deaths, which accounted for four-in-five cerebrovascular disease deaths over these five years.

The age-standardized mortality rate for stroke in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 27.5 (23.4, 31.5) deaths per 100,000 population, which was not significantly different than the Ontario rate of 26.1 (25.3, 26.9) deaths per 100,000 population.

The stroke mortality rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario declined significantly over the 16-year period from 2000 to 2015, with an average annual decrease of approximately four per cent per year in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.

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By Sex

In 2015, the age-standardized mortality rate for stroke among Simcoe Muskoka males was 25.3 (19.3, 31.2) deaths per 100,000, which was not significantly different from the female rate of 28.2 (22.9, 33.6) deaths per 100,000. These rates were not significantly different than 2015 Ontario rates for males and females.

There was a significant downward trend in the stroke mortality rates for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000 and 2015.

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By Age Group

The risk of dying from stroke increases exponentially with age. The age-specific rate of stroke deaths between 2011 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 346 (320.5, 372.6) deaths per 100,000. This was nearly ten times the rate for those 65 to 74 years of age and more than 30 times the rate for those 45 to 64 years of age. The Simcoe Muskoka age-specific rates were similar to the provincial rates for all age groups.

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By Income

In Simcoe Muskoka between the years 2011 and 2015 (combined), the stroke mortality rates did not differ significantly by neighbourhood low-income quintile.

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