Bishop T.D. Jakes takes a moment to share his concerns and some facts about the African-American community and stroke.

Know the Facts About African Americans and Stroke

Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people. But African Americans are at particularly high risk.

Consider this:

Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.

Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.

The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.

Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9 percent of men and 77.2 percent of women are overweight or obese.

In 2001, 27.7 percent of black or African-Americans only, used any tobacco product. Heavy cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person’s risk for stroke when compared to light smokers.

Black women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes than white women.

Unlike a stroke, when a TIA occurs, the blood clot resolves itself and there’s no permanent injury. When a stroke occurs and part of your brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems.

You Have The Power

The burden of stroke is greater among African Americans than in any other group. In fact, not only do blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites, but blacks 35-54 years old have four times the relative risk for stroke.

But there is hope. You have the power to fight stroke – and win! By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke.

•Reduce your chances of having a stroke by learning the risk factors and working with your doctor to help reduce your risk.

•Recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts!

•Respond by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone close to you is having warning signs of stroke. Then check the time. When did the first symptom start? You’ll be asked this important question later.

It’s time to act now! Take the Power to End Stroke Pledge, commit to living a healthier lifestyle and use your power to stop stroke today.

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