African Americans and Stroke

Neurology Now
July/August 2009
Volume 5(4)
p 6
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I am an African American woman who will be 60 years old on October 25, 2009. I was shocked by your story on African Americans' high risk of strokes (“Black, White, and Gray,” May/June 2009). I am an insulin-dependent diabetic with hypertension and high cholesterol. Recently I went to my neurologist and he asked me to cross my arms and stand up out of my chair. I could barely stand up. He told me that I need to start walking regularly for exercise.

I really don't think that African Americans are getting the message—including myself, until I read your story. Many of us don't know the big picture, and when we do, it's too late.

Linda Raskin

Desert Hot Springs, CA

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