Stroke Risk for African Americans

Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people. But African Americans are at particularly high risk. Consider this:

  • Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
  • Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.
  • Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9 percent of men and 77.2 percent of women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2001, 27.7 percent of black or African-Americans only, used any tobacco product. Heavy cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person’s risk for stroke when compared to light smokers..
  • Black women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes than white women.

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