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Latino Daily News

Thursday August 15, 2013

HISPANIC HEALTH:  Stroke Rates Declining but Not for Mexican-Americans

A new study on strokes published in ‘Annals of Neurology’ is reporting that while stroke rates have dramatically declined for most Americans it has not for Mexican-Americans

The study focused on the most common type of stroke – ischemic stroke- which is caused by a blood clot in the brain. 

The ten-year study conducted in Texas included 2,604 Mexican-American participants and 2,042 non-Hispanic participants.  The medical researchers found that Mexican-Americans aged 45-to-74 were 34 percent more likely than whites to suffer a stroke, whereas the general population experienced a 36 percent decline in stroke occurrence. 

Previous Hispanic Health studies found that Mexican-Americans had higher stroke rates than non-Hispanic Whites.  Experts say stroke occurs at much younger ages in minority groups which creates a high burden on the U.S. public health system. 

Lead research Dr. Lewis B. Morgenstern concluded: “The dramatic decline in stroke rates during the last decade is encouraging,” concludes Dr. Morgenstern. “However, the ongoing disparity among younger patients emphasizes the need for further interventions to prevent stroke, particularly among young Mexican Americans.”