Stroke Risk Factors On the Rise in Native Americans

Significant increases in modifiable risk factors (like smoking + high blood pressure)

Older Native American talking with another elderly gentleman

Stroke risk factors are common and they’re on the rise among Native Americans with clot-caused stroke, according to new research presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019.

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“All of us need to be aware of risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes that can lead to stroke. Identifying increases in risk factors in ethnic groups with health and socioeconomic disparities can help us target these risks to reduce the stroke burden going forward,” says vascular neurology fellow Dinesh V. Jillella, MD, who was the lead author on the study.

It’s been known that Native Americans have a higher incidence of stroke. But this new research used a nationwide database of electronic health records from 700 hospitals to identify 4,729 Native Americans (46 percent male) diagnosed with ischemic (clot-caused) stroke between 2000 and 2016. This short video explains the findings.

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