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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 17, 2012-The Facts About Strokes In African-American (Vol.5, Iss.2)


May is National Stroke Awareness Month. African-Americans be aware of this silent killer in the community

YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

Strokes are not a respecter of any persons color, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation it strikes without warning. In the African-Americans community, the numbers are staggeringly higher than other groups. Know the signs and symptoms to help prevent strokes. You must be your best advocate.

Know the Facts About African Americans and Stroke

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…

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