Quick Facts Stroke in Minnesota

Quick Facts
Stroke in Minnesota

How common is stroke in Minnesota?

  • In 2016, approximately 2.5% of adults in Minnesota reported ever having had a stroke in their lifetime – more than 100,000 people.1
  • More than 5% of all deaths in Minnesota are due to stroke (2,197 deaths in 2016), making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the state.2
  • In 2016, Minnesotans experienced more than 11,000 hospitalizations for acute stroke events.3
  • In 2016, Minnesota was ranked 11th lowest for overall stroke mortality among states and the District of Columbia.4

Are there disparities in stroke rates in Minnesota?

  • From 2012-2016, the stroke death rate is 26% higher in both African-Americans and Asians compared to whites.2
  • The lowest stroke death rates are in Hispanic men and women.2

What is the economic cost of stroke?

  • In Minnesota, total charges for inpatient hospitalizations due to stroke equaled $418 million in 2013.3
  • In the United States, there were over $40 billion in annual stroke-related medical costs, including procedures, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and lost productivity due to mortality in 2013 and 2014.5

Health information on stroke and its risk factors

For more information, contact: Jim Peacock (651) 201-5405.


1Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Unadjusted prevalence.
2Vital Statistics 2012-2016. MN Center for Health Statistics, MDH.
3MN Hospital Uniform Billing (UB) Claims Data, Health Economics Program, MDH and Minnesota Hospital Association.
4CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Compressed Mortality File (CMF) on CDC WONDER Online Database.
5Benjamin EJ, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2018 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018;137:e67-e492.