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Stroke and African Americans

African American men are twice as likely to have a stroke as their white adult counterparts. Further, black men are 60 percent 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, 2012

 

Non-Hispanic Black

Non-Hispanic White

Non-hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

Men and Women

3.9

2.4

1.6

Men

4.7

2.3

2.0

Women

3.3

2.4

1.4

Source:  CDC 2014.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 

At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Stroke Death Rates per 100,000 (2013)

 

Non-Hispanic Black

Non-Hispanic White

Non-Hispanic Black/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

55.5

34.9

1.6

Women

45.9

34.5

1.3

Total

50.3

35.0

1.4

Source: CDC, 2014. National Vital Statistics Report. Vol. 64, No. 2 Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf [PDF | 1.68MB]

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

Last Modified: 1/28/2016 10:18:00 AM