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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Smokers are prone to a stroke 10 years earlier

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Health Net: One of the adverse effects of smoking is at risk of stroke. Studies show people who smoke likely affected by a stroke 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Recent studies showed a significant association between smoking and stroke. Smokers have an increased risk of stroke caused by blood clots escape 'ischemic stroke' 2-fold greater, whereas the risk of strokes caused by blood vessel ruptures 'hemorrhagic stroke' risk is increased 4-fold.

Researchers studied 982 stroke patients 264 smokers and 718 non-smokers between January 2009 until March 2011 at a clinic in Ottawa. Found the average person who smoked had a stroke aged 58 years while non-smokers at age 67 years.

Information from this study again provides evidence that is critical to helping people quit smoking, said Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, as quoted by Medindia on Tuesday October 4, 2011.

Dr. Pipe said this risk because smoking causes the buildup of dirt on the inside of blood vessels (atherosclerosis) these conditions provide a greater likelihood of clot formation.

Smokers have a greater chance of experiencing complications and recurrent stroke. Patients who suffered a mild stroke 10 times more likely to experience major strokes, especially if they continue to smoke, he said.

Furthermore, Dr. Pipe said if someone managed to quit smoking decreases the risk of stroke. If he could quit smoking within a period of 18 months to 2 years then the risk stroke almost the same as non-smokers.

Even so stroke including preventable disease, through several efforts such as stopping smoking, controlling blood pressure, making healthy eating and physically active.


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