Reports claim that 9 out of 10 strokes can be prevented after a considerably large study found top 10 risk factors that can cause stroke.

The prevention of a stroke sounds like something that cannot be helped. However, new information suggests that most strokes can be prevented by controlling factors in ones life. For example managing high blood pressure, diabetes and stress can all aid in the prevention of strokes.  Cutting back on things such as smoking and excessive alcohol intake can also reduce the risks. Eating a healthy diet and exercising also made the list which can all help to reduce heart problems and high cholesterol levels.

It may seem obvious to some that these factors can cause strokes. However being aware and knowing they can, hopefully increase the knowledge of the population and help reduce the number of strokes in the UK.

The study carried out by Canadian researcher’s estimates that many of the strokes that happen worldwide are down to these factors. It no surprise that strokes are a health issue here in the UK. It is estimated that here in the UK around 110,000 people have a stroke each year and it is the third largest cause of death.

The stud looked and compared the lifestyles of those who had suffered from strokes with those who had not, trying to identify differences between 27,000 patients from 32 countries worldwide. Although the possible factors of stroke have been named, there’s no saying that they are definite indicators, keeping in mind that there can be many other factors that can cause a stroke.

Although it is still premature to define the causes, the data gathered from the study is based on self-reported answers which have implications for inaccurate findings.

However, although the data is questionable it offers support in relation to how lifestyle can determine suffering from a stroke. Other factors such as and genetics, which cannot be changed along with ageing can be possible factors.

Gathering data in any study is crucial to the outcome. It determines the findings as well as how to go forward with the information gathered to turn it into actionable strategies to help the cause the study is trying to help, in this case stroke. Working closely with the Stroke association on the “Know your blood pressure“ campaign, DCC have a clear understanding of how data can impact patients’ lives and better them, which is why we are always collaborating in research and clinical trials to ensure data collected is understandable, accurate and measurable.  We know how important the data collected is and the potential it has to create new breakthroughs.