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Stroke Rate Among Volusia's Hispanics Nearly Doubles in Five Years

October 17, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla.— The death rate from stroke has nearly doubled in five years for Hispanics in Volusia County according to a special report released today by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. While stroke deaths are on a steep rise, Hispanic death rates from heart disease and cancer are on the decline even though both diseases remain the leading causes of death.

The four-page special report is online at volusiahealth.com/stats.

The report contains mixed findings on the health of the county’s Hispanics. For example, Volusia County Hispanics are reducing some key risk factors that can lead to death from heart disease and cancer.  The analysis looked at chronic disease risk factors in 2013 and 2016 and found Volusia’s Hispanics are reporting less heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Other risk factors are on the rise among this population including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a previous heart attack, pre-diabetes and depression.

The report compares the health of Volusia’s Hispanics with Volusia County in general, the state, the U.S. and 13 of the Healthy People 2020 objectives and targets.

Additional findings in the report include:

  • The chronic kidney disease death rate for Hispanic residents was higher than the rates for the county and state.
  • In eight of the 13 objectives, Hispanic residents in Volusia County had lower rates than the county, state, U.S., and the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) target.
  • In 2017, Hispanic residents in Volusia County died from diabetes at a rate higher than the county, state, U.S., and the HP2020 target.
  • The stroke death rate for Hispanic residents was lower than Volusia County’s rate but higher than the stroke death rate for Florida, U.S., and HP2020 target.

 In 2017, Hispanics comprised 13 percent of Volusia County’s population according to the Florida Health Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set.  

The special report cites age-adjusted rates. It does not examine cause and effect relationships. The department prepares these types of health reports for use by community partners who serve various populations or address health risks. Reports also help to raise awareness among the general public.

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