Counties with the highest rates of strokes in Texas

Counties with the highest rates of strokes in Texas

Counties with the highest rates of strokes in Texas

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Counties with the highest rates of strokes in Texas

For more than a century, strokes have been a leading cause of death among U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sudden cerebrovascular event affects nearly 800,000 Americans annually and is also a leading cause of disability.

The tragedy of the nation’s stroke rate is amplified by its preventability. Four out of five strokes are preventable, according to the CDC.

Stacker used CDC data to list the counties in Texas with the highest prevalence of stroke. Data is based on estimates compiled by the CDC, with the confidence range included for each county. Additional data on death rates between 2018 and 2020 for the two most common types of strokes, ischemic and hemorrhagic, are also included for each county. In cases of a tie, the ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke death rates are used as tiebreakers.

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery leading to the brain. These account for 87% of strokes in the U.S. In hemorrhagic strokes, a ruptured blood vessel causes active bleeding in the brain. These kinds of strokes are often more serious.

When someone suffers a stroke, a swift medical response can have a major impact on their recovery. Early treatment by doctors can help dissolve the clot in ischemic strokes and limit the expansion of the brain bleed in hemorrhagic strokes. Knowing the signs—including drooping on one side of the face, inability to lift one arm or leg, and slurred speech—and calling 911 immediately can help save lives.

Research shows that the first one to three months after a stroke are the most crucial for retraining the brain to complete tasks that once felt second nature, with emerging research suggesting progress does not halt after six months. Ongoing therapy has an impact on stroke victims throughout their recovery journey, even if progress slows. Despite these promising findings, many health insurance plans limit how much therapy is covered and make regular, long-term treatment more challenging for survivors of strokes and their families.

The rate of strokes is most prominent throughout the Southeast; public health experts have termed the region the “stroke belt” for its higher death rates than the national average. Racial disparities are also prominent, with Black people experiencing and dying from strokes at higher rates, according to the Office of Minority Health.

Preventative care is critical for lowering stroke risk, even for people who otherwise feel healthy.

Annual check-ins with a physician can help track risk factors including high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading cause of stroke, and it can be caused by overconsumption of salty foods, drinking alcohol, smoking, stress, and genetics. High blood pressure has less obvious symptoms, but people can regularly track their metrics using at-home blood pressure cuffs to know if they need to talk to their doctor sooner than scheduled. The American Heart Association has recommendations for which readings require medical intervention.

Read on to see which counties had the highest rates of strokes in Texas.


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#50. Polk County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.4% (range between 3.0% and 3.8%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 34.7 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 12.4 per 100K people


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#49. Kenedy County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.0% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 12.1 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.5 per 100K people


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#48. Cameron County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 14.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.9 per 100K people


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#47. Reeves County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.2% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 17.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.2 per 100K people


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#46. Anderson County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 18.3 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.0 per 100K people

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#45. Tyler County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 18.5 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 13.0 per 100K people


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#44. Maverick County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.0% and 4.1%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.8 per 100K people


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#43. Lamb County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 21.1 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 13.3 per 100K people


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#42. Collingsworth County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 21.3 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.1 per 100K people


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#41. Liberty County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 21.8 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.5 per 100K people

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#40. Crosby County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 23.2 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 13.3 per 100K people


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#39. Live Oak County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 23.9 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.6 per 100K people


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#38. Angelina County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.0% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 25.1 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 14.3 per 100K people


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#37. Nacogdoches County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 25.8 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 14.2 per 100K people


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#36. Limestone County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 26.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.4 per 100K people

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#35. Briscoe County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.8%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 29.5 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: -1.0 per 100K people


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#34. Red River County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 29.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 12.0 per 100K people


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#33. Cass County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.5% (range between 3.1% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 31.4 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.8 per 100K people


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#32. Hidalgo County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.1% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 11.7 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.5 per 100K people


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#31. Foard County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.1%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 16.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: -1.0 per 100K people

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#30. Walker County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 19.3 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.5 per 100K people


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#29. Jim Hogg County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.1%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 19.5 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.5 per 100K people


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#28. Potter County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 22.4 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.4 per 100K people


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#27. Cottle County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.3% and 4.1%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 22.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: -1.0 per 100K people


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#26. Frio County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 23.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.9 per 100K people

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#25. Edwards County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 3.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 24.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.7 per 100K people


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#24. Jefferson County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 24.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.0 per 100K people


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#23. Marion County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.6% (range between 3.2% and 4.0%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 27.8 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.9 per 100K people


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#22. Dallam County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.2% and 4.1%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 16.2 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.5 per 100K people


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#21. Brooks County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.2% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 16.7 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 8.1 per 100K people

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#20. Wilbarger County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.3% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 17.9 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.0 per 100K people


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#19. King County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.2% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: -1.0 per 100K people


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#18. Terry County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.3% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.5 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 12.8 per 100K people


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#17. Shelby County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.3% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 25.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.7 per 100K people


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#16. Jasper County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.7% (range between 3.3% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 27.9 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 13.3 per 100K people

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#15. Willacy County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.8% (range between 3.4% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 13.8 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.8 per 100K people


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#14. Culberson County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.8% (range between 3.4% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 15.3 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.1 per 100K people


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#13. Swisher County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.8% (range between 3.4% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.8 per 100K people


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#12. Zavala County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.8% (range between 3.4% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 23.9 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 18.9 per 100K people


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#11. Falls County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.8% (range between 3.4% and 4.2%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 24.1 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.2 per 100K people

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#10. Zapata County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.9% (range between 3.4% and 4.4%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 19.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 10.2 per 100K people


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#9. Dawson County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.9% (range between 3.4% and 4.3%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 19.6 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.9 per 100K people


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#8. Houston County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.9% (range between 3.4% and 4.4%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 19.7 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 13.9 per 100K people


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#7. Newton County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.9% (range between 3.5% and 4.4%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.0 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 8.8 per 100K people


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#6. San Augustine County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 3.9% (range between 3.5% and 4.4%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 27.2 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 14.8 per 100K people

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#5. Starr County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 4.0% (range between 3.5% and 4.6%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 14.4 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 7.8 per 100K people


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#4. Cochran County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 4.1% (range between 3.6% and 4.5%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 17.4 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 9.6 per 100K people


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#3. Hudspeth County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 4.2% (range between 3.7% and 4.7%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 16.1 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 8.2 per 100K people


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#2. Presidio County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 4.3% (range between 3.7% and 4.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 14.9 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 11.8 per 100K people


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#1. Dimmit County

– Age-adjusted rate of all strokes among adults, estimates for 2021: 4.3% (range between 3.7% and 4.9%)
– Death rate for ischemic strokes, 2018-20: 20.3 per 100K people
– Death rate for hemorrhagic strokes, 2018-20: 12.1 per 100K people

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This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 49 states.


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