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Private medical cover holders at risk of stroke as stress levels increase?

Published on 05/01/2011
Private medical cover holders could be among those at increased risk of suffering a stroke due to Britons' rising stress levels.

A study undertaken by The Stroke Association in conjunction with Siemens has revealed that around 15 per cent of people in the UK consider themselves extremely stressed.

Women seem to be affected most, with nearly a fifth experiencing high stress levels, compared to just a tenth of men.

It estimates that nearly seven million people in Britain are at an increased risk of suffering a stroke because of stress.

Stress is known to lead to high blood pressure, which, along with a bad diet and lack of exercise, is one of the key contributing factors to strokes.

Furthermore, almost a fifth of those surveyed admitted that they undertook no exercise whatsoever, with a similar number managing only 30 minutes of exercise once a week.

James Beeby, head of corporate fundraising for The Stroke Association, said: "The research is incredibly worrying and emphasises the need for the public to be aware of the dangers of stroke."

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK with around 150,000 people in the country suffering from a stroke every year.
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