Global study shows strokes 'are largely preventable'

19 July 2016

A new study has offered evidence that the majority of strokes affecting people worldwide could feasibly be prevented.

Conducted by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University, the research indicated that ten modifiable risk factors are responsible for nine out of ten cases of stroke worldwide.

Examining data pertaining to 20,000 individuals from 32 countries in Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia, the study indicated that the number of strokes could be cut by 48 per cent if hypertension was eliminated or by 36 per cent if more people were physically active.

Better diets, meanwhile, could reduce the number of incidents by 19 per cent, with the percentage standing at 12 per cent if smoking was eliminated, nine per cent if cardiac causes were tackled, four per cent for diabetes, six per cent for alcohol intake, six per cent for stress, and 27 per cent for lipids.

Study leader Dr Salim Yusuf of the PHRI said: "Our findings will inform the development of global population-level interventions to reduce stroke and how such programmes may be tailored to individual regions."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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