Stroke etiology among Haitians living in Miami

Sebastian Koch, Diego Pabon, Alejandro A. Rabinstein, Julio Chirinos, Jose G. Romano, Alejandro Forteza

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The black Caribbean population continues to grow in the US and little is known about stroke etiologies in that community. We examined stroke subtypes in 175 consecutive Haitian-born patients living in Miami, admitted for acute stroke. Ischemic stroke was diagnosed in 72%. Small vessel occlusion was the most frequent stroke subtype. There was a high prevalence of hypertension, medication noncompliance and intracranial atherosclerosis. Hypertension was the only cardiovascular risk factor significantly associated with small vessel infarction when compared with non-small vessel infarcts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-195
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005


  • Small vessel stroke
  • Stroke etiology
  • Stroke in minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Neurology


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