Hispanic Women and Stroke

Below data is released by CDC.

You take care of everyone in your family. Now it’s time to take care of yourself to lower your chance of having a stroke. Hispanic women have some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity, which are two risk factors for stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for Hispanic women—and it affects Hispanic women at younger ages than non-Hispanic white women. These facts sound alarming, but there is good news: Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. This means it is important to know your risk of having a stroke and taking action to reduce that risk.

What Is a Stroke? A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When brain cells can’t get oxygen, they die. Stroke is a medical emergency. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. A delay in treatment increases the risk of permanent brain damage or death.

Why Are Hispanic Women at Higher Risk?

• High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for a stroke. About 3 out of 10 Hispanic women have high blood pressure, and many do not know it.

How to Lower High Blood Pressure Effectively?

• People with diabetes are at higher risk of stroke. About 1 out of 6 Hispanic women has diabetes—including many who don’t know they have the disease. Diabetes is more common in people of Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Central American ancestry.

What Are the Basics of Diabetes?

• Being overweight or obese increases your risk of stroke. About 4 out of 5 Hispanic women are overweight or obese.

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• Smoking doubles your stroke risk. About 1 out of 10 Hispanic women smokes. Scientists don’t know exactly why Hispanic women have a higher risk for high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, but they believe lifestyle and social factors may play a role.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.