I identify as a African American woman and I chose to write about Strokes because I recently lost my mother to this disease. Stroke is a form of cardiovascular disease. It occurs when the arteries that provide blood supply to the brain is reduced this can be caused by clots or a bursts. So this causes the brain to no receive oxygen and food, so the cells on the brain begin to die immediately. It is also know as a “brain attack” . When this happens, either side of the brain can be affected. It causes paralysis, vision loss, and speech loss, etc.
There are two forms of strokes ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic is when blood supply to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. It can be plaque that has built up over time that clogs the artery. Which can be caused by either a thrombotic stroke, which an artery that is very narrow causes the blood clot. An embolic stroke is blood clots that may have been broken off from another vessel in the brain. The second form is hemorrhagic which is when a vessel in the brain bursts open and leaks into the brain, which could cause an Aneurysm or Arteriovenous malformation.
It is prevalent among African American because its twice the risk of first strokes compared to whites. High blood pressure in African American in the United States is the highest in the world. The death rates are higher than other non African Americans. Blacks between the ages of 35-54 old have four times the risk for stroke. Strokes stem from high blood pressure and heart disease.
This is often more common because of socially, physically and psychological. For more reasons its because of the environments that many African Americans live in. For example, from the material we have covered this week about the information on “Place Matters” where the man had heart diseasethat lead to a heart attack. However, he had to keep working and still had to deal with the fact he just lost his daughter to violence. High blood pressure can be common amongst African American because they more are obese and eat more unhealthy foods. However, some time heart disease can be genetically because evidence has shown if several people in a family have experience or died from heart disease it is likely that it could carry to the next generation. This week material covered that race, genetics and health are related but not limited to different aspects of environment and social aspects.
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