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Although key to understanding the long-term racial/eth-nic disparities in stroke mortality rates, evidence on dif-ferences in case fatality after stroke has remained mixed.1,2 Death certificate data have long indicated that the national death rate from stroke is higher (+48 % in 2007) among non-Hispanic blacks (henceforth referred to as blacks) and lower (−20 % in 2007) among Hispanics than among non-Hispanic whites (henceforth referred to as whites).3 Higher stroke mor-tality can arise from higher incidence or higher case fatality or both.4,5 Findings from several well-known epidemiological studies over the last 2 decades have uniformly indicated that stroke incidence rate is higher among blacks and Hispanics compared with whites5–11; however, the magnitude of disparity in stroke incidence is much smaller than that in stroke mortal-ity.4,5 Although this would suggest higher case fatality rates among blacks compared with whites, previous studies hav

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