Stroke and African Americans

Monday, May 19, 2014

African Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group within the American population. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some of the reasons why in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of Caucasians, and strokes tend to occur earlier in life for African Americans than Caucasians.

African American stroke survivors are also more likely to become disabled and experience difficulties with activities of daily living.

Some stroke risk factors that may predispose African Americans to stroke include:

High blood pressure. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke, and one in three African Americans suffer from high blood pressure.

Diabetes. People with diabetes have a higher stroke risk.

Sickle cell anemia. If sickle cells block a blood vessel to the brain, a stroke can result.

African Americans also have a higher incidence than Caucasians of obesity and smoking, two other factors that can increase your risk for stroke.

If you have any of these stroke risk factors, its critical to make lifestyle changes and start medical treatment to prevent a stroke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.