Stroke is the 5th Leading Cause of Death in Virginia (2021)

Stroke death rates per 100,000 population have increased from 37.2 in 2016 to 39.9 in 2020. Time is Brain - the vast majority of stroke patients do not arrive to the hospital in time, leading to increased death and permanent disability.


Figure. Trends in Age-Adjusted Death Rates from Cerebrovascular Disease in Virginia, 2016-2020. ICD-10 Codes I60-I69 (Cerebrovascular), I60-I62 (Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH)), I63-I69 (Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS)). Data Source: Vital Event Statistics Program, Office of Information Management, Virginia Department of Health.

Table. Virginia Stroke Priority Localities by Mortality Age-Adjusted Rates per 100,000 Population Comparing 2014-2018 and 2016-2020 Aggregate Data.

Region Locality Local Health Department Stroke Mortality 2014-2018 Stroke Mortality 2016-2020
Central Greensville County Crater 64.76 63.43
Brunswick County Southside 59.44 59.53
Nottoway County Piedmont 59.13 53.97
Petersburg City Crater 58.65 65.10
Surry County Crater 57.96 39.08
Mecklenburg County Southside 56.97 60.28
Hopewell City Crater 49.93 44.49
Eastern Franklin City Western Tidewater 93.2 96.93
Portsmouth City Portsmouth 52.67 47.68
Lancaster County Three Rivers 52.66 58.78
Norfolk City Norfolk 50.01 53.09
Hampton City Hampton 47.33 42.89
Accomack County Eastern Shore 45.56 51.32
Mathews County Three Rivers 44.48 35.87
Northern Manassas City Prince William 49.75 46.00
Fairfax City Fairfax 41.11 49.95
Northwest Highland County Central Shenandoah 60.66 37.51
Lexington City Central Shenandoah 60 54.99
Buena Vista City Central Shenandoah 53.67 44.49
Harrisonburg City Central Shenandoah 48.99 47.57
Staunton City Central Shenandoah 48.17 41.44
Warren County Lord Fairfax 44.16 47.87
King William County Rappahannock 44.14 51.49
Caroline County Rappahannock 42.46 39.53
Southwest Martinsville City West Piedmont 84.64 94.42
Covington City Alleghany 74.77 64.23
Galax City Mount Rogers 70.09 82.64
Radford City New River 67.57 62.29
Lynchburg City Central Virginia 61.13 64.97
Appomattox County Central Virginia 59.56 58.82
Danville City Pittsylvania-Danville 54.72 52.85
Salem City Alleghany 51.26 51.97
Amherst County Central Virginia 50.55 47.20

Notes: The Counties and Cities (Localities) listed were identified as priority localities based on stroke mortality rates from 2014-2018 aggregate data by the Virginia Stroke Care Quality Improvement Advisory Group. Localities were categorized by Virginia Health Planning Region and then sorted by Age-Adjusted Mortality Rate per 100,000 population. The top quartile of each region was then selected to indicate priority localities. (Virginia Department of Health, Office of Vital Records).


Stroke Statistic Resources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    The BRFSS, the world’s largest telephone survey, tracks health risks in the United States. Information from the survey is used to improve the health of the American people.
    The FASTATS site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
  • Health United States, 2015
    Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Chartbook from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    The Morbidity & Mortality: Chart Book on Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Diseases is a biennial compilation of data on the size and trends of morbidity and mortality from the cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases. While most charts describe national prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality statistics, some of them provide additional information by state or country. Risk factors estimates and the economic costs of these diseases are also included.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics from the American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association works with government agencies to derive our annual statistics for cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Online Tools

  • Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke is an online mapping tool that allows users to create and customize county-level maps of heart disease and stroke by race and ethnicity, gender, age group, and more.
  • Data Trends & Maps CDC’s Data Trends & Maps online tool allows you to search for and view health indicators related to heart disease and stroke prevention. You can search on the basis of a specific location, data source, or health indicator.
  • Roadmap for State Planning Web-based resource for training, tools and other information to help build successful initiatives to prevent heart disease and stroke. The Roadmap offers information on four key areas of programmatic activities for developing and implementing a heart disease and stroke prevention program, including what to do and how to do it.

Reports and Maps:

Stroke Burden Report 

Stroke Hospital Map

Top 3 Hospitals with Stroke Hospitalization Percentage per Locality, 2014-2018 Virginia Data

Age-Adjusted Stroke Mortality Rates per Locality, 2014-2018 Virginia Data

Stroke Triage Plan