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Fortunately, your patient got the TPA in time and is a stroke survivor. What are the most important ways to avoid the risk of recurrent stroke and early death? Tell the patient there is a clear (but not so simple) answer: get exercise and don’t smoke. According to an analysis of data from the large National Health and Nutrition Examination Survery, these two factors are independently associated with post-stroke mortality risk. Combinations of other healthy habits are also associated with survival, in a dose-dependent fashion.
RESULT: Impact of a healthy lifestyle on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality after stroke in the USA
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry | Feb 1, 2012 (FREE FULL TEXT)
This echoes a recent prospective study involving more than 36,000 residents of Finland that detailed the lifestyle factors associated with the risk of a first stroke, whether ischemic or hemorrhagic. Analyzing the effects of body mass index and levels of vegetable and alcohol consumption as well as smoking behavior and physical activity, it found a direct association between the number of combined healthy lifestyle factors and the likelihood of experiencing an “incident stroke event” (a first stroke).
RESULT: Lifestyle Factors on the Risks of Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke
Archives of Internal Medicine | Nov 14, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $30)