Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Addressing some heart problems may help prevent strokes

Saw this story recently about the connection of a particular heart problem with stroke risk. The story notes that blocked heart arteries may be key risk factor for stroke:
People with arterial clogs caused by what's known as coronary artery calcification -- calcium deposits in the artery -- are at higher risk for stroke, even if they're otherwise considered to have a low risk, the German researchers found.
The findings are published Feb. 28 in the journal Stroke.
"Stroke risk is tightly aligned with coronary atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries], showing the closely related nature of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular [brain blood flow] disease," lead investigator Dr. Dirk Hermann, a professor of vascular neurology and dementia at the University Hospital Essen, said in a journal news release.

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