Infection-Triggered Strokes Deadlier for Blacks, Study Finds

Healthday: Feb. 12, 2014

Further investigation needed to understand this racial disparity, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans are much more likely than Hispanics or whites to die from a stroke shortly after having an infection, a new study finds.

“Infection before stroke appears to be most lethal for black Americans,” study author Dr. Deborah Levine, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release.

“We know that African-Americans have a much greater risk of dying from a stroke than white Americans, and we wanted to know if infection — which research suggests is a stroke trigger — might contribute to this disparity,” she explained. Read more