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The Main Cause Of Stroke Worldwide Is The One You're Probably Ignoring


A massive global study of nearly 27,000 people has narrowed down the 10 biggest risk factors accounting for 90% of strokes worldwide. The good news is the factors are all potentially modifiable. The bad news is that the biggest risk factor is a silent killer many people don’t realize they have.

The study, published in the Lancet, builds on findings from the INTERSTROKE study that included participants from 32 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. While a few of the risk factors varied from region to region, the most consistent factor across all regions was hypertension.

According to Dr. Martin O’Donnell, lead study author from the Population…

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