Published: Saturday 16 July 2016

Published in the medical journal, The Lancet, a new study suggests that most of the risk of having a stroke comes from risk factors we may be able to change.

The Stroke Association helped fund this large, international study which suggests that when combined, ten potentially modifiable risk factors account for 90% of strokes worldwide. High blood pressure was confirmed as the biggest risk factor for stroke, with high cholesterol, diabetes and a number of lifestyle factors also included. The study encourages global stroke prevention programmes. It as they are further tailored to help It is already well known that stopping smoking, eating a balanced diet and taking regular exercise can help keep your blood pressure under control, and greatly reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Dr Shamim Quadir, Research and Communications Manager at the Stroke Association
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