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The connection between socioeconomic status and risk of stroke

Increased Stroke risk among African Americans may include many factors, of which one of them is definitely socioeconomic status, a new study has shown.//

Researchers observed that among men and women residing in the Greater Cincinnati area, blacks seemed to be 69 percent prone to suffering a stroke, for the first time, as compared to whites. Kleindorfer and her team inferred that the risk of stroke due to socioeconomic status was about 39 percent in African Americans. Other risk factors could include high blood pressure, diabetes, genetic factors and even diet.

The present study revealed that whites encountered similar risks of stroke due to socioeconomic status, as did the blacks. People residing in high poverty areas are not necessarily poor, yet this could be a crucial risk factor for stroke, disadvantaged due to crime, effects of crowding, and improper access to hospitals and healthcare.

Researchers wrote “Further study is required to understand why socioeconomic status is associated with stroke incidence so that we may intervene and decrease stroke incidence in the future."

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