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Only half of strokes linked to causative risk factors
Only half of strokes linked to causative risk factors (April 30, 2014 - Insidermedicine) From the Netherlands - According to research published in PLOS Medicine, only around half of all strokes are caused by a risk factor. Researchers studied nearly 7,000 individuals over the age of 55 years, all of whom had never had a stroke. Participants were followed for an average of 13 years, during which over 1,000 strokes occurred. Researchers found that the known risk factors for stroke--including high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, heart disease and obesity--only attributed for about half of all of these strokes.
 
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