stroke belt

A popular term for a region in the southeastern US with a ± 2-fold increase in stroke mortality rate

stroke belt

Epidemiology A popular term for a region of southeastern US with a ± 2-fold ↑ in stroke mortality rate. See Stroke, Stroke buckle.
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In North Carolina, Onslow County is in the southeastern region of the state, a significant risk area for stroke; it is considered the "buckle" of the stroke belt, an area with even greater stroke mortality, three times higher than the national average (NCSCC, 2010).
South Carolina counties with the highest rates of stroke--between 89 and 115 cases per 100,000 residents--are found within the Southern Coastal Plain, which "buckles" the Stroke Belt (see map).
Indeed, life expectancy lags across most of East Texas, helping it live up to its grim medical moniker: "The Stroke Belt.
And people in the stroke belt were 30 percent more likely to eat two or more servings of fried fish than those in the rest of the country.
These high frequent-mental-distress states fall mainly within the so-called Stroke Belt.
stroke belt, which is highly concentrated in the Southeast, our team of neurologists at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) sought a solution to the frustrating problem of insufficient stroke care in our region.
The brain attack coalition (BAC) is a team comprised of members of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neurologic Surgeons, American Association of Neurosciences Nurses, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Heart Association, American Society of Neuroradiology, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, National Stroke Association, and the Stroke Belt Consortium.
REGARDS comprised adults in the United States aged 45 years and older at baseline between 2003 and 2007, and oversampled those who self-re- ported as black and those living in the stroke belt.
Goldstein LB, Gradison M: Stroke-related knowledge among patients with access to medical care in the stroke belt.
Researchers know that people who live in the stroke belt, an 8- to 10-state region in the southeastern United States, face a higher-than-average risk of stroke.
Knowing your vascular risk is especially important because you live in the South, known around the world as the Stroke Belt, where we have the highest rates of heart attack and stroke in America," he said.
Study participants were at least 45 years of age (mean age, 66 years in the current cohort), and lived in various areas across the United States, with oversampling in the stroke belt.