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Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows
Date:7/16/2014

opefully helping them even before they have a stroke," Koton added.

Coresh said the findings show that doctors have made some headway in fighting some of the worst health effects of obesity.

"It's turning out that obesity has many adverse consequences through cardiovascular risk factors we understand," he said. "We can treat blood pressure, and if we treat it early enough and aggressive enough we can lower the risk of stroke, and thereby blunt the risks of obesity."

However, the fact that stroke rates remain stable among middle-aged Americans raises the possibility that the stroke rate among older people could again rise, as these adults enter old age after experiencing decades of obesity, he said.

"One should keep an eye on this because the maturing of the obesity epidemic could eventually still increase risk," Coresh said.

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Visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health for more on stroke.

SOURCES: Josef Coresh, M.D., professor, epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; Ralph Sacco, M.D., chairman, neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, July 15, 2014; July 16, 2014, Journal of the American Medical Association


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