The Health Impact of Growing Up in the “Stroke Belt”
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – More people have strokes and die of strokes in the southeastern area known as the stroke belt than in the rest of the United States. Researchers have discovered that adults who spent their teenage years living in the stroke belt have a higher risk of having a stroke in the future.
The study tracked people’s moves from birth to present, with some people moving into or out of the stroke belt.
The study found that people who spent their teenage years in the stroke belt were 17 percent more likely to have a stroke than people who did not spend their teenage years in the stroke belt.
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SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, April, 2013