by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death, and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Approximately 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year, and about 140,000 strokes are fatal. 
The idea of having a stroke is terrifying, but a major new study offers hope. Researchers say the findings show that 9 out of 10 strokes are preventable. In fact, 91% of strokes would never occur if people took their health more seriously, quit smoking, and cut back on drinking. 
The findings of the study, led by Dr. Martin O’Donnell and Dr. Salim Yusuf of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster and collaborators from 32 countries, builds on findings from the first phase of the INTERSTROKE study.
The first phase of the INTERSTROKE study identified 10 modifiable risk factors for stroke in 6,000 participants from 22 countries. The full-scale study added 20,000 participants from 32 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, and Australia, and was intended to identify the main causes of stroke in diverse populations in both young and old people of both sexes.
Take Note of These Risk Factors
The team looked at the different risk factors and determined the proportion of strokes that would be cut if the risk factor disappeared:
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