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Quarter of stroke patients die within a year

WASHINGTON – One in four people who have a stroke will likely die within one year from any cause and 8 percent who have a stroke will have another one soon, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The risks were higher for African-Americans compared to whites and increased with age and the number of other ailments stroke patients had, the researchers wrote in the journal Neurology.

High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, smoking and a prior stroke are the biggest risk factors for stroke, the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35410389/ns/health-heart_health/

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February 16, 2010 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, diabetes, healthcare, High Blood Pressure | , , , , ,

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