eft untreated, high blood pressure (HBP) may
significantly increase your risk of developing a
brain bleed, according to research presented at the
American Stroke Association’s International Stroke
Intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke caused
by a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into
brain tissue. HBP is a powerful determinant of risk for
Researchers examined six years of data from 4,646
patients who were white, black or Hispanic. Half of them
had an intracerebral hemorrhage.
• Compared to people without HBP, untreated HBP
increased the odds of a brain bleed by 9. 5 times in
whites, 9. 7 times in Hispanics and 11. 1 times in blacks.
• For patients with brain bleed and a previous diagnosis
of HBP, HBP was more likely to not be treated in blacks
( 43.3 percent untreated) and Hispanics (48.3 percent)
compared to whites ( 33. 2 percent).
• Even when HBP was treated, blacks still had 75 percent
higher odds and Hispanics had 50 percent higher odds of
brain bleed, compared to whites.
“The average age for a brain hemorrhage is much younger
in minorities, especially in African-Americans, so they may
suffer more disability earlier in life than others,” said Kyle
Walsh, M.D., study author and an assistant professor of
Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
Although it’s not completely clear why racial minorities
have higher rates of untreated high blood pressure, a possible
reason is access to medical care, Walsh said.
“It’s important to be aware of having high blood pressure
in the first place, and once diagnosed, to have it treated
appropriately,” Walsh said.
Source: American Heart Association News
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