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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Stroke

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in New Jersey and fifth in the US. It is third among women, as well as among Asians. It is the fourth leading cause of death among men, as well as among Blacks and Hispanics. It is the fifth leading cause of death among Whites.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective HDS-2.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at []
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, []


Deaths with cerebrovascular disease (stroke) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: I60-I69


Number of deaths due to stroke


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce stroke deaths

U.S. Target: 34.8 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 28.6 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective HDS-2''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to stroke per 100,000 standard population to 28.6 for the total population, 28.0 among Whites, 41.4 among Blacks, 17.1 among Hispanics, and 17.4 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, about 3,400 deaths each year are due to stroke. The age-adjusted death rate due to stroke is steadily declining. Blacks have the highest age-adjusted death rate due to stroke but the gap is narrowing. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 26 in Ocean to a high of 48 in Cumberland.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The rate among New Jerseyans is statistically significantly below the US rate.

What Is Being Done?

The NJDOH [ Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention] (NJHDSP) Program works in partnership with public and private sector groups and organizations from health care, work site, and community settings to affect policy and systems level change. The NJHDSP Program strives to address all points of opportunity, from prevention of heart disease and stroke in healthy persons to controlling risk factors, treatment of illness and prevention of recurrence in those who have had an event, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, long-term, and end-of-life care. The Office of [ Health Care Quality Assessment] maintains an Acute Stroke Registry and designates hospitals that meet certain standards as Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
Page Content Updated On 04/12/2018, Published on 04/12/2018
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