Black Americans have a risk of suffering a stroke that is as much as four times higher than white Americans.
The new study finds that the risk of stroke increases significantly for Black Americans once they reach the age of 40. The primary cause of this is an increase in blood pressure or hypertension levels, which spike once black Americans cross the age of 40. This increase in blood pressure puts them at a much higher risk of suffering a stroke.
According to the study, high blood pressure in Black Americans begins at a much earlier age, and lasts for a much longer duration. These hypertension levels also tend to be much more severe in Black Americans compared to white Americans.