The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a “Vital Signs” report indicating that after decades of decline, national progress in preventing stroke deaths has slowed. The report found stroke death declines have stalled in three out of every four states. Only 13 states saw stroke death rates continue to decrease steadily from 2000 to 2015. Iowa is one of those states.
The Iowa data for this study was managed by the Iowa Stroke Registry, which serves as a central system to collect, compile, and analyze state stroke data. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), using funding from the CDC, contracted with the University of Iowa in 2009 to design and implement the registry.
“The Iowa stroke death rate dropped by 33 percent between 2005 and 2015,” said IDPH Health Systems Coordinator Ms. Terry Meek. “Since 2012, the Iowa stroke death rate has decreased enough to meet the national Healthy People 2020 objective of 34.8 per 100,000.” According to Ms. Meek, this decline is due, in part, to:
“The overall intent of the Iowa Stroke Registry is to monitor causes of stroke and to shorten the time between the onset of symptoms and receipt of the best possible care available,” said Dr. Jim Torner, professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and member of the Iowa Stroke Task Force. “This in turn, will reduce overall stroke disability and increase the survival of stroke patients so they can return to once again productive lives.”