Nate Dogg passes; Death from stroke complications – Are you at risk?

According to the Associated Press, hip-hop star Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel Hale), who worked with Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Eminem, has died at the age of 41. He died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach California. Lawyer Mark Geragos said he died as a result of complications from two strokes he suffered in recent years.

Nate Dogg went to school with Snoop and sang on Warren G’s hit Regulate as well as tracks by Dr Dre, 50 Cent and Ludacris. (Okay, I know – some of you have no idea who or what I’m referring to).

On Twitter, Snoop Dogg said Nate Dogg was “one of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at Poly High where we met”.

Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G began their careers in a rap trio in Long Beach called 213 in the early 1990s.

Ludacris tweeted: “There is a certain void in hip-hop’s heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together.”

Stroke Statistics (U.S.)

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over 143,579 people die each year from stroke in the United States.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. (wow, I did not know that)

Each year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.

• Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.

Strokes can—and do—occur at ANY age. Nearly one quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.

• Stroke death rates are higher for African Americans than for whites, even at younger ages.

• Among adults age 20 and older, the prevalence of stroke in 2005 was 6,500,000 (about 2,600,000 males and 3,900,000 females).

• On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.

Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. Men’s stroke incidence rates are greater than women’s at younger ages but not at older ages. The male/female incidence ratio is 1.25 at ages 55–64; 1.50 for ages 65–74; 1.07 at 75–84 and 0.76 at 85 and older.

• Of all strokes, 87 percent are ischemic, 10 percent are intracerebral hemorrhage, and 3 percent are subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Stroke accounted for about one of every 17 deaths in the United States in 2005. Stroke mortality for 2005 was 143,579 (56,586 males, 86,993 females).

• From 1995–2005, the stroke death rate fell 29.7 percent and the actual number of stroke deaths declined 13.5 percent.

The risk of ischemic stroke in current smokers is about double that of nonsmokers after adjustment for other risk factors.

• Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an independent risk factor for stroke, increasing risk about five-fold. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.

These are all pretty crazy statistics and I’m sure these stats are climbing higher every year, especially with diabetes on the rise in this country. To know if you are at risk check your family history then meet with your physician for further testing.Early diagnoses and knowing what to do through diet, exercise and medications can all help us win this battle.

We will miss you, Nate!

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2010 Update, published by the American Heart Association.

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About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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3 Responses to Nate Dogg passes; Death from stroke complications – Are you at risk?

  1. Nurse Tim of the Yukon says:

    African Americans are at a higher risk for hypertension, that is, high blood pressure, It’s called the “silent killer” for a reason. May people don’t know that they may have high blood pressure, and left untreated, can lead to stroke or heart attack.
    Drugs like cocaine can, too, as can heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, pretty common.
    People should get their BP checked once in a while to see if they’re at risk- it’s easy.


    • Tim, thanks for the information. I didn’t realize this until recently. It is critical to check your blood pressure on a regular basis, I agree. I have to constantly do this for my husband. I always appreciate your comment additions, my friend!


      • Nurse Tim of the Yukon says:

        You bet, Susan. So much of what I do as a nurse is educating my patients, and once in a while I see a lightbulb go on when they actually get what I’m sharing.

        After I pushed the ‘send’ button, I realized that there was more to the story that I hadn’t read, like stuff that I had put in my response was already in your story….I had a real DUH moment! OOps! 🙂


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