A few lifestyle changes 'can reduce the risk of stroke'

11 October 2012

People are being urged to undergo a few lifestyle changes in order to reduce their chances of suffering a stroke.

Dr Brett Kissela, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, has delivered the message soon after he found in new research that sufferers of the life-threatening disease are getting younger.

According to the study, results of which were published in the journal Neurology, the average age of someone suffering a stroke has dropped from 71 years old in 1993/94 to 69 years old in 2005.

Furthermore, 19 per cent of people aged 55 years old or under were stroke victims in 2005. This is an increase from the 13 per cent in this age band who suffered from the disease in 1993/94.

However, Dr Kissela pointed out: "The good news is that some of the possible contributing factors to these strokes can be modified with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise."

Choosing not to smoke and drinking alcohol in moderation are other factors that can decrease a person's risk of suffering a stroke.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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