The rate of first stroke in African-Americans is
almost double the rate in Caucasians.
African-Americans are twice as likely to die
from stroke than their Caucasian counterparts are.
African-American stroke survivors are more
likely to become disabled and have difficulty with activities of daily living
than their non-Hispanic Caucasian counterparts are.
American Indians and Alaska Natives
American Indians and Alaska native adults are 2.4 times more likely
to have a stroke than their Caucasian adult counterparts are.
In general, American Indian and Alaska native adults are more likely
to be obese than Caucasian adults are and more likely to have high
blood pressure, as compared with Caucasian adults.
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders were four times more likely
than non-Hispanic Caucasian adults were to die from a stroke in 2010.
In general, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults have
developed several of the high risk factors which can lead to heart
attacks and stroke, such as obesity, hypertension and cigarette smoking.
Cerebrovascular disease can be more prevalent in some U.S. island
territories. For example, the death rate from stroke is three times
higher in American Samoa than it is in the U.S. national non-Hispanic
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.
As a group, Hispanics are showing the greatest proportion of
hypertension. Diabetes and obesity are also more prevalent in this
population than in their Caucasian counterparts.
Overall, Asian-American adults are less likely than Caucasian adults are to die from a stroke.
In general, Asian-American adults have lower rates of being overweight or
obese and lower rates of hypertension than all other racial groups.
Asian-Americans are less likely to be current cigarette smokers.
Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does every year.
425,000 women suffer from a stroke each year—55,000 more than men.
African-American women suffer a significantly higher number of strokes than Caucasian women do.
Stroke is a leading cause of death for Hispanic women.
Faces of Stroke campaign is supported
by funding provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Allergan,
Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.,
and Genentech Inc.