Study: Risk Factors on Rise Among People with Stroke
Increase in Prevalence of High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and More
Despite prevention efforts, researchers have found a significant increase over a 10-year period in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other risk factors for stroke.
“An estimated 80 percent of all first strokes are due to risk factors that can be changed, such as high blood pressure, and many efforts have been made to prevent, screen for and treat these risk factors. Yet we saw a widespread increase in the number of stroke patients with one or more risk factors,” said study author Fadar Oliver Otite, MD, ScM, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and member of the American Academy of Neurology. “These alarming findings support the call for further action to develop more effective methods to prevent and control these risk factors to reduce stroke risk.”
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