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Healthy Lifestyle Habits may Prevent Strokes

by Rajashri on August 12, 2008 at 5:07 PM
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 Healthy Lifestyle Habits may Prevent Strokes

A study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has found that leading a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of a person suffering from a stroke.

Healthy lifestyle includes not smoking, exercising daily, consuming a healthy diet, drinking alcohol in moderation and maintaining a healthy weight. The study involved 43,685 men and 71,243 women all of whom were participants in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study or the Nurses' Health Study.

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All participants provided information on their medical condition between 1986 and 2002 for health professionals and 1984 and 2002 for nurses. During the course of their study, it was found that 1,559 women and 994 men had strokes.

The researchers found that people who followed the five healthy lifestyle tips had an 80% lower risk of suffering from strokes. "More than half of ischemic strokes -- 52 percent in men and 54 percent in women -- may have been prevented through adherence to a healthy lifestyle," said lead author Dr. Stephanie E. Chiuve.

The details of the study appear in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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