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Stroke and African Americans

African American adults are twice as likely to have a stroke than their White adult counterparts. Further, men are 60% more likely to die from a stroke than their White adult counterparts.

At a glance – Diagnosed Cases of Stroke:

Age-adjusted percentages of stroke among persons 18 years of age and over, 2011

 

African American

White

African American/
White Ratio

Men and Women

4.5

2.2

2.0

Men

4.7

2.0

2.4

Women

4.4

2.3

1.9

Source:  CDC 2012.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Stroke Death Rates per 100,000 (2010)

 

Non-Hispanic Black

Non-Hispanic White

Non-Hispanic Black/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

58.1

37.5

1.5

Women

50.7

37.9

1.4

Total

54.3

37.8

1.4

Source: CDC, 2013. National Vital Statistics Report. Vol. 61, No. 4 Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 3MB]

At a Glance – Risk Factors:

There are several risk factors related to stroke. Some of these risk factors are:

Obesity and Overweight – See Obesity and African Americans

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and African Americans

High Cholesterol – See Heart Disease and African Americans

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart Disease and African Americans


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