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Latino Daily News

Thursday February 10, 2011

Mexican Americans at Increasing Risk for Deadly Strokes

In 2010, 26,000 Mexican-Americans in the U.S. suffered a stroke but experts predict that count could increase by 350 percent by 2050. 

The American Stroke Association at its international conference this week, noted that Mexican-Americans may be at increasing risk for bleeding and blood clot induced strokes in the coming years.

Research already shows that Latinos are victim to hemorrhagic strokes at the highest rate of any minority group.  One of the reasons for the high rate is the correlated high rate of obesity amongst Latinos. 

While strokes continue to decline as the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is on the rise amongst Latinos due to lifestyle choices and little change in those choices.  The Stroke Association is hoping to reach out to Mexcian-Americans through social organizations and churches to get the message out about diet, exercise and getting rid of diet sodas and alcohol.