Strokes occur more in men than in women but women die more often from the disease. In 1990, more than 87,000 women died of stroke, compared to 56,697 men.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.
High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke. High blood pressure (HBP) affects two thirds of African-Americans.
The death rate for stroke is 79.8 percent higher for African-American women than white women. Those who survive suffer more extensive physical impairments that last longer than those of other racial groups in America.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is another risk factor for stroke. About 15% of all people who have stroke have AF.
AF is a type of irregular heart rhythm whereby the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart) beat very rapidly and erratically. Normal heart rhythm is between 60 to 100 beats per minute and is strong and regular. If you have AF, the heart rate could be as high as 400 beats per minute and be very irregular. Left untreated, AF can increase stroke risk by 4 to 6 times.
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