Thursday, July 03, 2014

Stroke prevention, racial disparities and younger patients

Stroke prevention is important! If a stroke doesn't happen, then treatment is not necessary. Therapy for recovery is not necessary. And quality of life remains.

So a recent story highlighted not just one, but two issues - racial disparities and strokes for those under 65. The story is about how rising stroke rate for blacks in South Carolina, study finds:
Photo from U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
They found that stroke hospitalizations among blacks younger than 65 jumped by more than 17 percent, but remained stable for whites younger than 65.
Blacks appeared more vulnerable to stroke at younger ages, too. According to the study, slightly more than half of the blacks hospitalized with stroke were younger than 65, compared with 30 percent of whites.
The study was published June 19 in the journal Stroke.
"Excess strokes among blacks, as well as the lingering racial disparity in the younger groups, represent a serious public health issue," lead author Dr. Wayne Feng, a stroke neurologist at the Medical University of South Carolina Stroke Center in Charleston, said in a journal news release.

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