New Notch in Stroke Belt: Southern Blacks are Most Likely to Die

FEBRUARY 2, 2005 - Posted at 4:50 p.m. CST

NEW ORLEANS, LA - A new study suggests that black people in the South are getting a double-whammy when it comes to the risk of stroke: They die at much higher rates than either Southern whites or blacks who live elsewhere.  Researchers have long known that stroke deaths are greater among blacks, but thought that the risk posed by race and geography was small.

A biostatistician presented research today in New Orleans before the American Stroke Association.

The rate of stroke deaths among black men in the South was 51 percent higher than it was among blacks in other parts of the country.  And black men in the South had roughly four times the risk of dying of a stroke as white men living outside the South.

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