Reducing the impact of strokes

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GGG_nc_flagReducing the impact of strokes

Programs to reduce deaths from stroke and cardiovascular disease in North Carolina show promise for tackling these global killers.


Heart disease and stroke kill some 17 million people a year, which is almost one-third of all deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization. By 2020, WHO predicts that heart disease and stroke will become the leading cause of both death and disability worldwide.  The number of annual deaths is projected to rise to over 24 million a year by 2030. Men, women and children are at risk, and low- and middle-income countries shoulder 80% of the health and economic burden of heart disease and stroke.

North Carolina is in the center of the U.S. stroke belt running through the southeastern United States, and has the sixth highest incidence of stroke deaths in the nation.  For more than a decade, Gillings researchers have dedicated themselves to reducing the impact of this major killer through a project to identify best practices in prevention and treatment, train medical personnel to recognize and respond quickly to symptoms, and help hospitals to improve their quality of care. Read More

Led by Wayne Rosamond, PhD, epidemiology professor and principal investigator for the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC), the project is working with over half of the hospitals across the state to create an interactive data capture and evaluation tool so that a hospital’s stroke care performance can be monitored and compared to quality of care benchmarks.  The NCSCC hosts monthly webinars for stroke experts to address specific quality improvement topics, conducts regional workshops for participating hospitals and assists hospitals in giving emergency medical technicians and caregivers advanced education in identifying and reacting rapidly and appropriately to a stroke.

The NCSCC is collaborating with the Canadian Stroke Network and has advised international stroke experts on how to integrate a stroke registry into emergency medical service data sources. 

Project Team

  • Wayne Rosamond (Principal Investigator)
  • Anna Kucharska-Newton
  • Laurie Mettam


Sponsored by: NCDHHS Division of Public Health

Total funding: $1,026,924


  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • North Carolina Hospitals

In The News

Treatment and prevention in the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt

Monitoring and Improving Acute Stroke Care: The North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative