American Medical Association
Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down
Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down

The nation's fourth leading cause of death is getting a little less common and a bit less deadly. And while racial disparities remain, there is equal progress in driving down stroke incidence and improving survival among African Americans and white Americans, a new study finds. Between 1987 and 2011, rates of stroke among a representative sample of Americans who were between 45 and 65 years old upon recruitment declined steadily. A stroke victim's likelihood of dying also decreased during the period. The decline in stroke incidence was largely driven by lower rates of stroke among those over 65, as there was no drop in strokes among younger patients. But the improved survival...