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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Strokes Among Blacks in the South Have Jumped More Than 17 Percent -- But Why?

Black stroke patient

A recent study of stroke victims in South Carolina found that the incident rate among black patients was significantly higher than for whites. Among patients hospitalized for strokes between 2001 and 2010, there was no increase in the number of white patients but an increase of over 17 percent for black patients during this period.

About the study

The study compared the medical results of more than 84,000 stroke patients hospitalized in South Carolina. The 17 percent increase in strokes occurred among blacks younger than 65. The study also found that more than 50 percent of the blacks hospitalized for strokes were younger than 65, compared to only 30 percent of whites hospitalized for strokes.


Certain health issues and lifestyle choices appear to be a major issue behind the increase in strokes among blacks, according to the study that was published recently in Stroke medical journal. This age group has a higher smoking rate, and higher risk for high blood pressure and diabetes. All of these factors puts them at greater risk for strokes.

Attention to health is critical

The fact that the mortality rate for strokes decreased overall during this same period, and hospitalization for strokes also decreased among both blacks and whites, shows the importance of maintaining good health habits throughout life. Regular exercising, eating healthy, and not smoking while you're young will make a huge difference in your overall health, including stroke risk, as you grow older, as pointed out by one of the authors of the study.

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