STUDY: Hospitalization For Strokes Increases For African Americans

African American man in hospital bedFewer people are being hospitalized for strokes — except among young adults and African-Americans, according to new observational research in the open access Journal of the American Heart Association.

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In 2000-10, the number of adults admitted to U.S. hospitals with ischemic stroke fell 18.4 percent, according to researchers who analyzed a national database on about 8 million hospital stays each year.

Ischemic strokes, which are caused by artery blockages, are the most common type of stroke.

“We can’t say from this study design what factors have led to this decline, but it may be that preventive efforts, such as better blood pressure and blood sugar control, are having the effect that we want in this (65 and older) age group,” said Lucas Ramirez, M.D., neurology resident at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.