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Nunavut Report on Comparable Health Indicators

Nunavut Report on Comparable Health Indicators

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Figure 13. Age-Standardized Stroke Mortality Rate per 100,000 Population1

, Five-Year Average, Canada and

Nunavut, 2000–2004 (Source: Statistics Canada, 2000-2004 (CANSIM table 102-0126)

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Age-standardized to the 1991 Canadian population.

The average stroke mortality rate in Nunavut (49.7 per 100,000 population) was higher than the
Canadian rate during the period 2000 to 2004 (32.7 per 100,000 population).

The term “stroke” refers to the result of a lowering of blood supply to a part of the brain, which can
result in temporary or permanent loss of some functions of the brain or body. Sometimes, people
who have strokes make a total recovery, while in other cases, they may lose the ability to speak or
walk. In the most severe cases, a stroke results in death.

High blood pressure is a significant controllable risk factor for stroke. Other controllable risk factors
include smoking, physical inactivity, high cholesterol, stress, obesity, and diabetes.

Bringing high blood pressure back to normal can prevent strokes. Many people with high blood
pressure do not feel sick, and will only know that their blood pressure is high if checked by a health
care professional.

CANADA

NUNAVUT

2000-2004

32.7

49.7

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Rate per 100,000 Population

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