The Stroke Belt study does raise new questions about timing and
whether there might be something about being born and spending
your early childhood in the American Southeast that leads to a
greater chance of having a fatal stroke later in life. Maria
Glymour and her colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health
conducted their study of the Stroke Belt by using data from the
1980, 1990, and 2000 censuses and mortality data from the
National Center for Health Statistics for those same years. They
defined the Stroke Belt as being the states of North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and
Arkansas. Using the census and mortality data, the researchers
created four “exposure” categories.
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