Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Stroke Hospitalization

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

Cerebrovascular disease (including stroke), accounted for approximately 1,000 hospital stays and was among the leading causes of hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka in 2020. Stroke was responsible for approximately 800 or four-in-five cerebrovascular disease hospitalizations in 2020.

The age-standardized hospitalization rate for stroke in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2020 was 109 (102.0, 117.5) hospitalizations per 100,000 population, which was not significantly different than the Ontario rate of 111 (109.1, 112.4) hospitalizations per 100,000 population.

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

The stroke hospitalization rates in Simcoe Muskoka decreased significantly from 2003 to 2011 by an average of three per cent per year; however, from 2010 to 2019 the stroke hospitalization rates in Simcoe Muskoka rose slightly but significantly by an average of one per cent per year.

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By Sex

In 2020, the age-standardized stroke hospitalization rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 126 (114.3, 138.6) hospitalizations per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 95 (85.0, 105.0) hospitalizations per 100,000. The stroke hospitalization rates for Ontario males and females were not significantly different from the comparable rates in Simcoe Muskoka in 2020.

The 2020 stroke hospitalization rates dropped by about 10% among Simcoe Muskoka males and females. The stroke hospitalization rates for males and females in Simcoe Muskoka have followed the same trend as the overall Simcoe Muskoka rates as described above.

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By Age Group

Hospitalizations for stroke increases with age. The age-specific rate for stroke hospitalizations between 2011 and 2020 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 868 (830.5, 906.3) hospitalizations per 100,000 populations. This was three-times the rate for those 65 to 74 years of age and eight-times the rate for those 45 to 64 years of age. The age-specific rates in Simcoe Muskoka were similar to the comparable provincial rates over this same five-year period.

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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 hospitalizations when compared with those living in areas with the least amount of material deprivation.

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Page last updated June 13, 2022