Thursday, December 13, 2012

More research needed to address stroke risks for blacks

Ran across a story about research that shows that more research is clearly needed to find some answers and solutions.

Here's a link and excerpt of a recent story about how blood pressure-related stroke risk in blacks is not about race:
"When these racial differences are coupled with the previously documented higher prevalence of hypertension and poorer control of hypertension in blacks, they may account for much of the racial disparity in stroke risk," they wrote.
It has been well established that stroke risk is higher in blacks than in whites, but traditional risk factors explain only about half of the difference. One potential explanation for the rest of the variance is that certain risk factors affect blacks and whites differently, a possibility explored in the current study.

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