Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A new study suggests that Chinese people may be at higher risk for stroke than whites
"While stroke is the second most-common cause of death worldwide, in China it is the leading cause of death and adult disability," said study author Chung-Fen Tsai, MD, with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. "The global impact of stroke in the decades ahead is predicted to be greatest in middle income countries, including China. It is important to gain a better understanding of how stroke affects different populations as we try to reduce the burden of the disease worldwide." For the analysis, researchers reviewed studies from 1990 onward that included first strokes in Chinese people in China and Taiwan. A total of 404,254 Chinese were included. The study included more than two million person-years and 3,935 strokes. The researchers also identified 10 community-based studies among whites including 1,885,067 people, more than 3.2 million person-years and 4,568 strokes. Comparing the two groups, the research found a slightly higher overall risk of stroke in Chinese people than in whites, with a range of 205 to 584 strokes per 100,000 Chinese people age 45 to 74, compared to 170 to 335 strokes per 100,000 white people the same age. Chinese also had a higher risk of intra-cerebral hemorrhage, a type of stroke due to bleeding into the brain from a ruptured blood vessel, compared to white people, or 33% of all strokes compared to 12% of all strokes in community-based studies. Chinese people had a lower average age of stroke onset of 66 to 70 years-old, compared to 72 to 76 years-old for whites.