Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Stroke Emergency Visits

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

There were approximately 1,200 stroke-related emergency visits by Simcoe Muskoka residents in 2020. The age-standardized rate for stroke-related emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2020 was 161 (152.0, 170.7) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 138 (136.1, 139.8) visits per 100,000 population.

The stroke emergency visit rates dropped in 2020 approximately 5% in Simcoe Muskoka and 10% in Ontario. It is unclear if this decrease was due to changes in health care use and access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trend in the stroke emergency visit rates was similar for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 2003 to 2019 with rates increasing by approximately two per cent per year on average. The stroke emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka have been significantly higher than Ontario since 2014.

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By Sex

In 2020, the age-standardized stroke emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 179 (165.4, 194.4) visits per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 144 (132.4, 157.0) visits per 100,000. The stroke emergency visit rates for Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the comparable rates in Simcoe Muskoka.

The 2020 stroke emergency visit rates dropped by about 10 per cent among Simcoe Muskoka males and five per cent among females. There was a significant increase in the stroke emergency visit rates for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka from 2003 to 2019. 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 2016 and 2020 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 1199 (1115.4, 1244.5) 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 period from 2016 to 2020 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index) had significantly higher rates of stroke emergency visits when compared with those living in areas with the least amount of material deprivation.

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Page last updated June 13, 2022