Common Risk Factors Lead to Most of the Strokes

Most StrokesA study done by the Canadian researchers has revealed that ten common risk factors account for almost 90% of the strokes. The most common cause of a stroke is the high level of blood pressure.

It was found that taking simple steps like increasing physical activity, reducing blood pressure and smoking, apart from eating a more balanced diet can significantly reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke.

Researchers found more than 14,000 people in Canada lost their lives due to strokes, in the year 2005. It was also pointed out that having a stroke is one of the leading causes of disability.

The study was done in 22 countries across the world from March 1, 2007 to April 23, 2010. It analyzed people who had suffered from a stroke and more than 6,000 people were analyzed for the study.

Other factors than can increase the risk for a stroke include smoking, being obese and especially fat around the belly, staying inactive and stress. People having increased levels of lipids or fat were also at an increased risk of suffering from a stroke.

Health experts feel that more steps need to be taken to ensure that people are more aware of the risks associated with these factors. It was also stressed that better awareness will also help save a lot of people's lives.