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Does race affect stroke risk?

Race is a factor when it comes to increased risk for stroke. Blacks are twice as likely to experience a stroke and are twice as likely to die from it, than their white counterparts.

Some think this gap may be the result of differences in economic levels. Among whites and blacks, socioeconomic factors appear to matter. Impoverished areas in Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee report the highest stroke fatality rates in the nation.

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