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Strokes largely caused by preventable factors, global study reveals

20th July 2016

Stroke is a leading cause of death worldwide and can lead to serious disability. However, the factors that result in stroke could be modified to avoid the illness, according to a new study. 

Researchers from the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University have found that there are ten risk factors that account for nine out of ten strokes worldwide. Each of these factors can be altered in a bid to prevent the illness.

The study, published in the Lancet, details the two different types of stroke a person could suffer from. Around 85 percent of strokes are caused by blood clots, while the rest are caused by bleeding on the brain.

Looking at the results of the INTERSTROKE study – which looked at 20,000 individuals from 32 countries in Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Africa – researchers identified the most common underlying causes that could be prevented to reduce the number of strokes.

For example, cases of stroke would be vastly reduced if high blood pressure was reduced, people were more active and if they gave up smoking, while other factors that could also be addressed include better diets, reduced alcohol intake, fewer lipids and less stress.

Treating diabetes and heart conditions were also cited as key factors.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801822110-ADNFCR

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