Stroke Statistics for Women and Minorities
Women, Hispanics and African-Americans in the U.S. have higher stroke risks and lower recognition of stroke warning signs compared to any other population.
Some risk factors for stroke, such as genetics or family history
cannot be controlled. Other risk factors such as high blood pressure and
diabetes can go unrecognized and untreated. Minorities and Stroke video, available in English and Spanish educates the public about risk of stroke and the need to act FAST.
Get the facts and learn how you can manage stroke risk. Watch this video infographic then share with your family and friends.
- Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does every year.
- Seven out of ten women are not aware they are more likely than men to have a stroke.
- Women suffer greater disability after stroke than men.
- 425,000 women suffer from a stroke each year—55,000 more than men.
- African-Americans are twice as likely to die
from stroke as their Caucasian counterparts are.
- They are 40 percent more likely to have
hypertension and 10 percent less likely to have it under control than their
non-Hispanic Caucasian counterparts.
- African-American stroke survivors are more
likely to become disabled and have difficulty with activities of daily living.
- Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to suffer a stroke at a
younger age than Caucasians are.
- Stroke and heart disease account for one in four deaths among
Hispanic men and one in three deaths among Hispanic women.
- Hispanics are more likely to have a recurrent stroke than
African-Americans or non-Hispanic Caucasians.
Now that you know these risk factors, take matters into your hands and learn
how to control them.
Stroke Risk Fact Sheets.
African-Americans and Stroke brochure.
helpful resources in Spanish.
National Stroke Awareness Month is supported with funding provided by Genentech, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.
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