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Paper of the Day - Stroke risk raised in black Londoners

Black people living in London have a higher risk of haemorrhagic stroke than white people due to a higher rate of hypertension, according to latest data from the South London Stroke Register.

The register is an ongoing population-based study recording first stroke. This new analysis has studied the influence of ethnicity in 395 intracerbral haemorrhages and 171 subarachnoid haemorrhages. Researchers found black Africans were almost three times more likely to suffer a stroke (incidence rate ratio 2.80) compared to white patients. Black Caribbeans had an IRR of 1.46.
Prestroke hypertension in patients under 65 was significantly more common in black people than in whites -say the authors - and this could account for the higher risk of stroke.

Stroke online 5th November

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