A recent study indicated that there are ten adjustable risk factors that are helpful in preventing strokes. For instance, we can
- Improve our diets
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Reduce stress
The study identified ten factors that are associated with 90% of all cases of stroke and this statistic is applicable around the globe. These varying factors are all important but the study shows that some factors are more important in certain regions.
- In Western Europe, North America, and Australia, the importance of hypertension was 40%, compared with 60% in Southeast Asia.
- Alcohol risk was lowest in Western Europe, North America, and Australia, and highest in Africa and South Asia.
- In China, the impact of physical inactivity was the greatest.
- In all regions, atrial fibrillation was associated with ischemic stroke, but in Western Europe, North America, and Australia, it was of greater importance compared with China or South Asia.
- The collective importance was similar in all regions when considering all 10 risk factors.
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