Wake Up Call to Hispanics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/27/04

Wake Up Call to Hispanics

There is a new concern that Mexican Americans are at higher risk for stroke than non-Hispanics. In some areas, the risk was as much as 110% higher than other groups.

At particular risk were Mexican Americans in the 45 to 59 age group, that's according to a study presented to the American Academy of Neurology meeting in San Francisco. The researchers said they were not surprised with the findings since many Mexican Americans face a number of health care obstacles including access to care, limited income, and a higher rate of diabetes, but the study team said they hope this will serve as a "wake-up call" to the Mexican American community to be watchful of stroke symptoms.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death.

Warning signs include:

  • weakness or numbness on one side
  • difficulty speaking or understanding
  • clumsiness or falling
  • sudden loss of vision in one eye

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Stroke Program and presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting underway in San Francisco.

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