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Black History Month is an important time to reflect on our accomplishments and the struggles we still face. Screen legend Cicley Tyson, who starred in such epics as Roots andThe Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, is taking on one challenge with her commitment to highlight the disproportionate effect of stroke on the black community and how we can’t let the state of our health hinder our accomplishments.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability for all Americans. But African Americans are at increased risk due to factors such as family history, high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. The evidence is clear: blacks have higher death rates from stroke and have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites. The impact of stroke is profound. It not only affects the person afflicted, but their families, and our nation.
Stroke is not inevitable. Cicely Tyson and Dr. Rani Whitfield, “Tha ...