Thursday, July 21, 2016

90% of Strokes are Preventable

The Lancet recently published a study on the modifiable risk factors behind strokes. Here are some key findings from the report:

·         10 controllable risk factors account for 90% of all strokes.

·         Eliminating high blood pressure was estimated to reduce risk by 48%.

·         High blood pressure causes 39% of strokes in North America, Australia and western Europe.

·         60% of strokes in Southeast Asia are caused by high blood pressure.

·         Eliminating physical inactivity was estimated to reduce stroke risk by 36%.

·         Stroke risk is reduced by an estimated 23% when a poor diet is improved.

Source: The Lancet, July 15, 2016

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