Community Data


Quick Facts:

  • Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
  • Someone in the US dies of a stroke about every 4 minutes.
  • Stroke was the 5th overall leading cause of death in 2020.
  • Stroke-related costs in the US in 2014-2015 were nearly $46 billion. This figure includes health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
  • The risk of having a first stroke is almost 2 times higher for blacks as for whites.
  • About 4 in 5 strokes are preventable.

What is a stroke?

A stroke, or brain attack, happens when blood flow is blocked to the brain which causes brain tissue to become damaged or die. There are 3 main types of stroke:

  • Ischemic strokes happen when blood clots block blood vessels to the brain. Nearly 90% of strokes are ischemic strokes. 
  • Hemorrhagic strokes happen when a blood vessel in the brain bursts which causes blood to build up and damage nearby brain tissue. High blood pressure is an example of a condition that can cause a hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIA), sometimes called “mini strokes”, are not a major type of stroke since blood flow to the brain is blocked for a short amount of time, usually less than 5 minutes. This type of stroke is a warning sign of a future stroke and is a medical emergency that requires emergency care. 
    • More than ⅓ of people who have a TIA and don’t get treatment have a major stroke within 1 year.
    • As many as 10-15% of people will have a major stroke within 3 months of a TIA.

Even though the brain only makes up a small percent of your body weight, it uses 20% of the oxygen you breathe. Brain cells start to die within minutes if they can’t get enough oxygen. This is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Every minute counts.

Stroke in Our Community

Darker colors on the interactive maps indicate worse outcomes.

In 2018, about 3.3% of adults in Taylor county had experienced a stroke, which is roughly 3,400 individuals. This percentage slightly decreased in 2019 to 3.1% or 3,200 adults in Taylor county who experienced a stroke.

The two Taylor County zip codes with the highest percentage of adults who experienced a stroke were 79566 and 79561. The zip codes with the lowest percentage of adults who experienced a stroke were 79607 and 79699.

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