Study says that people survive strokes better if they know their neighbors

April 19th, 2011 - 12:01 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study which was published in the journal, Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that older Americans who live in sociable neighborhoods have higher chance of surviving than those in other neighborhoods.

The study however found that for reasons not yet understood, the trend was not the same in black Americans. The research was carried out on about 5,789 people with the average age of 75 years.

The research was carried out by researchers from University of Minnesota and Rush University in Chicago led by Cari Jo Clark, Sc.D. The participants all stayed in neighborhoods adjacent to Chicago.

The participants were interviewed and information which has to do with their relationship with their neighbors and how they relate to them were determined. The researchers identified that the closer the neighborhood was, the more likely that an older person with a stroke would survive.

Sociable neighborhood though did not reduce the rate of stroke in the neighborhoods. The researchers also reported that it was only whites who seemed to enjoy the benefits associated with living with stroke in sociable neighborhoods. More than half- 62 percent- of the study subjects were blacks.

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