(BlackDoctor.org) – The American Heart Association (AHA) is calling for new efforts to curb stroke in minority groups.
In a scientific statement, the AHA notes that stroke is more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives than among whites.
The AHA calls for raising awareness of stroke factors and the need for urgent treatment, increasing access to insurance coverage in minority populations, and doing more research on the roots of racial and ethnic disparities in stroke care.
Stroke Risk Factors
Stroke is more likely if you have risk factors including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and a history of peripheral artery disease (PAD), carotid artery disease, or certain types of heart disease.
Several of those risk factors are more common in minority groups than among whites.
For instance, the AHA notes that high blood pressure and diabetes are more common among African-Americans than among whites, and that diabetes is even more common among Hispanics.
American Indian and Alaskan Natives are more likely than whites to have at least two risk factors for stroke.