Persistent ischemic stroke disparities despite declining incidence in Mexican Americans

Wiley:  7/19/13

OBJECTIVE: To determine trends in ischemic stroke incidence among Mexican Americans and non Hispanic Whites.

METHODS: We performed population-based stroke surveillance from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2010 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ischemic stroke cases 45 years and over were ascertained from potential sources and charts abstracted. Neurologists validated cases based on source documentation blinded to ethnicity and age. Crude and age, sex and ethnicity adjusted annual incidence was calculated for first-ever completed ischemic stroke. Poisson regression models were used to calculate adjusted ischemic stroke rates, rate ratios, and trends. Read more