Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Stroke Emergency Visits

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

There were over 1,200 stroke-related emergency visits by Simcoe Muskoka residents in 2017. The age-standardized rate for stroke-related emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 182 (172.3, 193.0) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 154 (152.1, 156.0) visits per 100,000 population.

The trend in the stroke emergency visit rates was similar for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 2003 to 2017 with three distinct periods: a decrease in the rates from 2003 to 2006, a rapid increase in the rates from 2006 to 2009, and a smaller but significant increase in the rates from 2009 to 2017. The stroke emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka have been significantly higher than Ontario since 2014 and the gap has been widening over this most recent four-year period of time.

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By Sex

In 2017, the age-standardized stroke emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 199 (183.2, 215.1) visits per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 169 (155.3, 182.7) visits per 100,000. The stroke emergency visit rates for Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the comparable rates in Simcoe Muskoka.

There was a significant increase in the stroke emergency visit rates for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka from 2003 to 2017. The stroke-related emergency visit rates among Simcoe Muskoka males were consistently above those for females over this entire time span.

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By Age Group

Emergency visits for stroke increases with age. The age-specific rate for stroke emergency visits between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 1179 (1134, 1226) emergency visits per 100,000 populations. This was more than twice the rate for those 65 to 74 years of age and more than six-times the rate for those 45 to 64 years of age. The stroke emergency visit rate among those 75 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly higher than the comparable provincial average as was the rate among adults 45 to 64 years of age.

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By Income

For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income had significantly lower rates of stroke emergency visits when compared with all other low-income areas.

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