23 Apr Is Sickle Cell Really a Risk Factor for Stroke?
MedicalResearch.com Interview with :
Dr. Hyacinth I Hyacinth MD
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, Emory Children’s Center, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA 30322
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
This study was conducted against the backdrop of a significantly higher risk for stroke among African Americans compared to non-Hispanic Whites, despite adjusting for traditional risk factors. Also, sickle cell disease is a well-known genetic risk factor for stroke and recent studies show that sickle cell trait is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease, venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism, all of which are potential risk factors for stroke.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
MedicalResearch.com: Sickle cell trait is a not an independent risk factor for increased risk of stroke?
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your study?
MedicalResearch.com: If you or someone with sickle cell trait has a stroke, it is very unlikely that sickle cell trait is the only risk factor. Effort should be made to look for other risk factors.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for study?
MedicalResearch.com: Future research should examine the stroke subtypes and also stroke in younger individuals (less than 45 years).
Association of Sickle Cell Trait With Ischemic Stroke Among African Americans
Hyacinth I. Hyacinth, MD, PhD, MPH1; Cara L. Carty, PhD2; Samantha R. Seals, PhD3; et al
Published Online: April 23, 2018.
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