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Nine in ten strokes 'avoidable'

Published on 21/06/2010
Ten lifestyle-related risk factors are responsible for 90 per cent of all stroke cases, something that might convince more people to take out a health insurance policy.

According to new research from Canada, high blood pressure, smoking, diet, obesity around the abdomen and lack of exercise are five of the most important factors in the majority of stroke incidents.

A team of scientists from the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, compared 3,000 stroke patients with a control group of 3,000 healthy people from 22 countries around the world. All were of a similar age and gender.

Dr Martin O'Donnel and Dr Salim Yusuf, who led the study, said: "Targeted interventions that reduce blood pressure and smoking, and promote physical activity and healthy diet, could substantially reduce the burden of stroke."

Approximately 150,000 people suffer from stroke in the UK every year, with nearly a third likely to die within ten days of the incident and a further third likely to be left disabled and in need of rehabilitation.

Stroke recovery can be expensive as it requires a great deal resources.

Meeting the costs of this rehabilitation can be made easier with health insurance although it is important to know what will and will not be covered before agreeing to treatments.
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