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Monday, June 27, 2016

At Age 45, Black People Are Four Times More Likely to Die From This!

African American stroke patient

When people think of strokes, they usually view it as something that occurs among older men and women. But, at just age 45, African Americans are four times more likely to die from a stroke than white people.

But why?

This news comes from a recent study that analyzed data from almost 30,000 people across the United States. The facts were alarming. Although by age 85, stroke death rates were the same for blacks and whites, they were four times as high for blacks at age 45.

On the other hand, the study showed no difference in survival rates between black and white stroke survivors. What the study clearly pointed out is that there is a dangerously higher risk of death among middle-age blacks who experience a stroke.

Racial disparity is staggering

The racial disparity "is staggering," states study author George Howard, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. He also points to the need for more efforts to be made in order to prevent and control stroke risk factors that are more common in blacks, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

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