MUSC receives $4M grant to study heart disease, stroke among minorities

MUSC has received grant money to study why black patients have more difficulty recovering from strokes than white patients.

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association awarded the Medical University of South Carolina $4 million to study heart disease and stroke among minority patients.

The money will be used to “explore the differences that exist and improvements that need to be made when it comes to treating culturally diverse patients,” a press release about the grant explained.

Specifically, MUSC will investigate why black patients have more difficulty recovering from stroke than white patients.

A study published last year by the American Heart Association shows hospitalizations for black stroke patients younger than 65 in South Carolina jumped more than 17 percent between 2001 and 2010, while stroke hospitalizations among middle-age white patients did not change in that time frame.

South Carolina is considered part of the “Stroke Belt.” This state has the sixth highest rate of stroke-related death in the United States, according to the state health department.

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