Black carbon from traffic exhaust can increase the risk of stroke

As the number of vehicles on roads is on a rise, so is the traffic. And this can elevate an individuals’ risk of getting a stroke even in low-pollution environments! Results of a new study are revealing more about the impact of exhaust from gas and diesel engines on a person’s future risk of stroke

Black carbon from traffic exhaust can increase the risk of strokeThe study, which was carried out by a team of investigators from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, has established a link between long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM) from black carbon as a result from traffic exhaust and an increased risk of stroke, even in residential areas. The researchers came to this conclusion after investigating […]

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a stroke

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked, researchers said. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, revealed researchers from University of Maryland

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a strokeWhile smoking has long been associated with the risk of stroke, the study by US researchers has found that men who smoke at least two packs a day are nearly five times at greater risk of stroke than men who have never smoked. The study, published in the research journal Stroke, also found that men […]

Vegans and vegetarians might have a higher stroke risk, reveals study

People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests

Vegans and vegetarians might have a higher stroke risk, reveals studyThey had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 48,000 people for up to 18 years. However, it cannot prove whether the effect is down to their diet or some other aspect of their lifestyle. […]

Trying to avoid a second stroke? Blood pressure control is key

If you’ve already had one stroke, your risk for another is much higher. But new research found that well-controlled blood pressure can reduce that risk by about 20%

Trying to avoid a second stroke? Blood pressure control is key  The study authors suggested maintaining a blood pressure of 130/80 mm Hg or less. “Intensive blood pressure control of at least less than 130/80 mm Hg is recommended for secondary stroke prevention,” said Dr Kazuo Kitagawa, the study’s lead author. Kitagawa is a professor and chair of neurology at Tokyo Women’s Medical University in […]

HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke risk

A Journal of the American Heart Association analysis of information from a large health insurance database reveals that people living with HIV have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart failure and stroke

HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke riskThe findings indicate that increased efforts to protect patients’ cardiovascular health are needed. For the study, researchers analysed information on 19,798 people living with HIV and 59,302 age- and sex-matched uninfected individuals who were followed for an average of 20 months. People living with HIV had 3.2-times and 2.7-times higher risks of heart failure and […]

Long work hours associated with increased risk of stroke, finds study

People who worked long hours had a higher risk of stroke, especially if they worked those hours for 10 years or more, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke

Long work hours associated with increased risk of stroke, finds studyResearchers reviewed data from CONSTANCES, a French population-based study group started in 2012, for information on age (18-69), sex, smoking and work hours derived from questionnaires from 143,592 participants. Cardiovascular risk factors and previous stroke occurrences were noted from separate medical interviews. Researchers found: Overall 1,224 of the participants, suffered strokes; 29% or 42,542, reported […]

7 reasons why potassium-rich foods are good for you

Potassium is known to offer a number of benefits to the human body. In case you are still sceptical about eating potassium-rich foods, we have listed the reasons why you really shouldn’t

7 reasons why potassium-rich foods are good for youBut first, learn why potassium is important in the body. Apparently, it is an essential mineral that regulates the body’s electrolytes and is responsible for the proper functioning of certain organs, such as the brain, muscular tissues, heart and kidneys. As per a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, potassium keeps the […]

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes, reveals study

Smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don’t quit or at least cut back, a Chinese study suggests

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes, reveals studySmoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes. But the new study sheds light on how smoking influences the risk of a second stroke in patients who already had one. Among the 3,069 stroke survivors in the study, 1,475, or 48 per […]

7 things you can do to prevent a stroke

Stroke prevention can start today. Protect yourself and avoid stroke, regardless of your age or family history

7 things you can do to prevent a strokeWhat can you do to prevent stroke? Age makes us more susceptible to having a stroke, as does having a mother, father, or other close relative who has had a stroke. You can’t reverse the years or change your family history, but there are many other stroke risk factors that you can control—provided that you’re […]

Majority of stroke survivors not screened for osteoporosis, despite increased risk

The majority of stroke survivors are not screened or treated for osteoporosis, broken bones, or fall risk - despite stroke being a risk factor for these conditions

Majority of stroke survivors not screened for osteoporosis, despite increased riskThe risk is up to four times greater than in healthy people, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Stroke survivors often face reduced mobility – a trait that decreases bone mineral density and increases risk for bone breaks. Less than one-third of older women living in the United States are […]
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