Smokers 'experience stroke at younger age'

Posted on 03 October 2011

Smokers may need to seek ways to pay for care earlier than their non-smoking peers, with new research revealing they are more vulnerable to experiencing a stroke at a younger age.

Research presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress revealed that smokers are twice as likely to have a stroke than non-smokers.

Furthermore, people with the unhealthy habit were almost a decade younger than non-smokers when they experienced the cardiovascular event.

Dr Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said: "The information from this study provides yet another important piece of evidence about the significance of helping people stop smoking.

"It also alerts the neurology community to the importance of addressing smoking in stroke patients."

In other findings presented at the conference, it was revealed that people who have mild strokes often live with hidden disabilities in the years afterwards.

Those who have mild strokes often suffer from depression, vision problems and difficulty thinking, the research found.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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