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Smoking May Double Risk for Stroke

October 4, 2011   Compared to people who don’t smoke, smokers face twice the risk of stroke and they are likely to have that stroke nearly a decade sooner, a Canadian study finds. But within two years of quitting smoking, the risk for stroke or heart disease drops to non-smoker levels, the researchers said. In conducting the study, to be presented Monday at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Ottawa, researchers examined 982 stroke patients over roughly two years. The researchers found the average age of stroke victims who smoked was 58—nine years younger than the average age of the non-smokers.
“The information from this study provides yet another important piece of evidence about the significance of helping people stop smoking,” said study co-author Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, in the news release. “It also alerts the neurology community to the importance of addressing smoking in stroke patients.”
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