Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Lower Mortality Risk for Stroke Patients

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Lower Mortality Risk for Stroke Patients

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TORONTO -- Even after having a stroke, people who maintain a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of death, and the more healthy lifestyle practices they follow, the greater the benefit, according to data from 388 stoke survivors.

Those who did not smoke and exercised regularly were less likely to die, and those who ate fruits and vegetables routinely were less likely to die from cardiovascular causes, Dr. Amytis Towfighi said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. "The benefits of five simple healthy lifestyle factors had been shown in the general population, but had not been shown before for the stroke survivor population," said Dr. Towfighi, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Towfighi analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). From an initial sample of more than 33,000, 649 subjects were identified who had a prevalent stroke during 1988-1994 and were followed through 2000.

In the final analysis, 388 stroke survivors met all criteria, including information on such covariates as age, sex, race, and prior myocardial infarction. …

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