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Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Truth About Black People Having Strokes

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A recent study on strokes revealed interesting information regarding race and its correlation to strokes. The study showed that, while African Americans have a higher risk than whites on first strokes, race does not appear to be a factor with second strokes.

What the study revealed

The study was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Researchers found that, although African-Americans were 2.7 times more likely to have a first stroke than the white participants, race was not a factor on second strokes. This means that African Americans did not have a higher risk than whites on second strokes.

Age not a factor

What was interesting was that the results were the same regardless of age. In other words, African Americans at age 45 or age 85 still had a higher risk for having a first stroke. Neither race nor age was a factor on second strokes.

The study concluded that all of the traditional risk factors are there for either a first or a second stroke, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others. It highlighted the need to live healthy in order to avoid these factors and prevent both first and second strokes.

Read more at www.healthcanal.com/brain-nerves/stroke/69970-how-much-does-african-american-race-play-a-role-in-stroke-risk.html
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