The new study on stroke symptoms comes from researchers including Virginia
Howard, MSPH, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
By telephone, Howard's team interviewed more than 18,400 U.S. adults aged 45
and older (average age: nearly 66).
All of the participants said they had never been told that they had had a
stroke or a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack, or TIA). The group was
evenly split between whites and blacks. Blacks are at higher risk of stroke
Half of the participants live in the so-called "stroke belt" states -- North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas,
and Louisiana -- which have particularly high stroke rates.