Cost of Strokes in Hispanics Predicted to Skyrocket

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Stroke and Hispanic Population

Between now and the year 2050, ischemic strokes in Hispanic Americans will cost an estimated $357 billion, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2006.

These costs include initial hospitalization, ongoing care and lost wages.

"Armed with this information, public health officials and researchers need to give high priority to preventing and treating strokes in this large group," said Devin L. Brown, M.D., M.S., lead author of the study and assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Brown estimated the cost of treating ischemic stroke in Hispanics in 2005 alone was $3.2 billion. Hispanics - who recently became the largest minority group in the United States - will make up an estimated one-fourth of the population by 2050.

Hispanics are twice as likely to develop ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in an artery feeding the brain) as non-Hispanic whites, Brown said.

"Three risk factors for stroke - inactivity, obesity and diabetes - tend to be more common in the Hispanic population," she said.

Researchers sought to estimate the future economic burden of ischemic stroke in Hispanics in the United States from the years 2005 to 2050.

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