Stroke Attitudes of African-Americans

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A recent study reveals some surprising attitudes about stroke in the black community.

The American Stroke Association has found about 72 percent of African-Americans believe they will never have a stroke. However, studies show blacks have almost twice the risk of "first-ever" stroke compared with whites.

Clinical nurse specialist Sue Pugh says it comes down to a lack of knowledge.

"I think people don't know what they are at risk for. We want them to understand their risk factors and that this is something they need to pay attention to.”

The ASA has launched a new campaign, "Power to End Stroke." The goal is to get African-Americans to commit to learning about their risk factors and make life changes.

For more information call 1-800-4-STROKE.