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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 60 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 percentages 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 2020. 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 (2017)
  Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Men 57.9 36.0 1.6
Women 48.3 26.0 1.3
Total 52.7 36.4 1.4

Source: CDC 2019. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 68, No. 9. Table 10.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09-508.pdf [PDF | 1.76MB]

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: 2/3/2020 4:12:00 PM