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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Specifically, eight southern states known as the stroke belt have a mortality rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas).
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.
The study was conducted to determine whether disparities existed in the use of services recommended for secondary stroke prevention, by age, sex, race, and residence in a Stroke Belt state.
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.
North Carolina is centered in the country's stroke belt, with eastern counties thought to shape the buckle of the stroke belt.
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.
Indeed, life expectancy lags across most of East Texas, which lives up to its grim medical moniker: "The Stroke Belt.