AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 29, Number 1, 2020

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Study: Young Black, Latino People Fare Better than White People After Bleeding Stroke

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Does race play a role in how well someone recovers after stroke? New research focused on younger people who have had a hemorrhagic stroke found that young black and Latino people may be less likely than young white people to be disabled or even die within three months after a stroke. 

Hemorrhagic strokes, also known as bleeding strokes, happen when a blood vessel ruptures in the brain. They are much less common than ischemic strokes, when blood flow to the brain is blocked. They are also more difficult to treat and therefore more likely to be deadly.

“There has been considerable research on stroke in older people, but there is still much to be learned about stroke in younger people and how it affects people of different races and ethnicities,” said study author Daniel Woo, MD, MSc, of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our study found that even when you account for factors that affect outcomes, such as how big the stroke is, race and ethnicity were still independent predictors of how well people would recover.”

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