Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hispanics with Metabolic Syndrome Have More Strokes

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hispanics with Metabolic Syndrome Have More Strokes

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SAN DIEGO -- Metabolic syndrome may be a stronger stroke risk factor for Hispanics than for blacks or whites, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Dr.P.H., reported at the 29th International Stroke Conference.

In the ongoing Northern Manhattan Study, metabolic syndrome was the culprit in 35% of strokes in Hispanics, 8% of strokes in blacks, and 4% of strokes in whites. The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

"A better understanding of race / ethnic differences in the impact of metabolic syndrome will help effectively target populations at increased risk of stroke," said Dr. Boden-Albala of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, New York.

For the study, which began in 1990, Dr. Boden-Albala and her associates obtained a medical history, blood pressure, anthropometric measures, and fasting plasma glucose levels from 3,298 stroke-free residents of Northern Manhattan. Study participants were followed annually by telephone to track outcomes, including stroke, myocardial infarction, or death. Those who reported having had a stroke or MI were evaluated in person by investigators. …

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