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Vitamin E could increase risk of private medical cover holders needing stroke treatment

Published on 05/11/2010
Those who take large quantities of vitamin E supplements may be more likely to require stroke treatment from their private medical cover provider.

A new study has found that the vitamin can increase the risk of a particularly serious type of stroke.

Published in the British Medical Journal, researchers form the Harvard Medical School reviewed the cases of nearly 120,000 patients from nine previous trials.

They found that those taking vitamin E supplements were 22 per cent more likely to suffer a haemorrhagic stroke - where bleeding occurs in the brain.

However, it was also found that vitamin E could actually cut the risk of another type of stroke - called an ischaemic stroke - by ten per cent.

Ischaemic strokes are the most common variety accounting for 70 per cent of all stroke cases and occur when a blood clot prevents blood reaching the brain.

Despite this, the researchers conclude: "Given the relatively small risk reduction of ischaemic stroke and the generally more severe outcome of haemorrhagic stroke, indiscriminate widespread use of vitamin E should be cautioned against."

An estimated 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK each year.
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