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Published on April 19, 2017

Studies Show Minorities Have Increased Stroke Risk

While many factors contribute to an individual’s risk for stroke, recent studies have found that it is more likely to occur in minority populations such as African Americans and Hispanics. A number of complex factors contribute to this increased risk, including income and education, genetic and physiological factors, access to care, and communication barriers. Understanding your risk factors and symptoms is an important first step in preventing stroke.

Since many of the risk factors for stroke are modifiable, it is important to discuss any risk factors and ways you can decrease your risk with your healthcare provider. The most common, modifiable risk factors of stroke include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • sleep apnea
  • high cholesterol
  • smoking
  • high alcohol consumption
  • lack of exercise
  • nutrition

If you have many of these risk factors, talk to your physician about how diet and exercise can reduce your risk, and how to manage other conditions that increase your risk.

If experiencing stroke symptoms, do not hesitate, call 911 immediately and they can get you to the nearest hospital to receive proper care.

Dr. Jindong Xu, a vascular neurologist at Guilford Neurological Associates, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how the risk for stroke is higher in certain populations, and what you can do to lower your risk.

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