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Stroke and African Americans

  • African Americans are 50 percent more likely to have a stroke (cerebrovascular disease), as compared to their white adult counterparts.
  • Black men are 70 percent more likely to die from a stroke as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
  • African American women are twice as likely to have a stroke as compared to non-Hispanic white women.

Diagnosed Cases of Stroke:

Age-adjusted percentage of stroke among persons 18 years of age and over, 2018

 

Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Men 3.2 3.1 1.0
Women 4.6 2.3 2.0
Total 4.0 2.7 1.5

Source: CDC 2021. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2018. Table A-1a.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs/tables.htm

 

Death Rate:

Age-adjusted stroke death rates per 100,000 (2018)

 

Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Men 59.0 35.7 1.7
Women 48.0 35.6 1.3
Total 53.0 36.0 1.7

Source: CDC 2021. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 69, No. 13. Table 10.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr69/nvsr69-13-508.pdf [PDF | 2.05MB]

 

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

Last Modified: 2/11/2021 11:35:00 AM