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Ninety Percent of Stroke Risk Due to 10 Risk Factors
Date:6/18/2010

pes of ischemic stroke. They'll also study the association between genetics and stroke risk. The researchers plan to enroll 20,000 participants.

Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, director of the Duke Stroke Center, noted that the study underscored what's already known about stroke risk.

"The bottom line is that the risk factors for low- and middle-income countries seem to be pretty similar to those of Western countries," Goldstein said. "The findings reiterate the importance of attention to lifestyle factors in stroke risk -- diet, smoking, physical activity."

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Controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for stroke are listed by the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Martin J. O'Donnell, M.D., associate professor, medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Larry B. Goldstein, M.D., director, Duke Stroke Center, Durham, N.C.; June 18, 2010, World Congress of Cardiology, Beijing, China, June 18, 2010, The Lancet, online


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