Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.

Like a thief in the night, stroke strikes suddenly, potentially stealing speech, causing paralysis, and changing one's life forever. Scientists working in laboratories, offices, and clinical settings around the world, however, are searching for clues to reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

These millions of hours of energy each year have fueled an explosion of research identifying new and effective strategies for preventing and treating these diseases. Amazing progress has been made. One study of more than 37,000 women age 45 or older participating in the Women’s Health Study found that a healthy lifestyle consisting of abstinence from smoking, low BMI, moderate alcohol consumption, regular exercise, and healthy diet were associated with a significantly reduced risk of ischemic stroke, which accounts for 87 percent of all strokes. Other studies and clinical trials are producing similar findings, with discoveries being made literally every day of the week that may make a difference to someone.



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