“Nine out of 10 strokes preventable if people follow 10 health rules”, a national newspaper has reported.
The report comes from the Daily Telegraph, who found that the top 10 risk factors for strokes are both highly predictable and preventable according to evidence from a new scientific study.
High blood pressure and lack of exercise featured predominantly on the list, increasing the chance of a stroke by 47.9 per cent and 23.3 per cent respectively, as well as a poor diet (18.6 per cent), smoking (12.4 per cent) and too much alcohol (5.8 per cent).
Dr Martin O’Donnell, of McMaster University in Canada said: “The study confirms the 10 modifiable risk factors associated with 90 per cent of stroke cases in all regions, young and older and in men and women.
“The study confirms that hypertension (high blood pressure) is the most important modifiable risk factor and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally.”
Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems, obesity and stress also featured on the list.
Researchers estimated that 9 out of 10 strokes worldwide could be prevented if people avoided the top 10 risk factors.
Each year in the UK as many as 152,000 people experience a stroke, and it is the third largest killer after heart disease and cancer.
The report looked at nearly 27,000 people from 32 different countries that have had a stroke for correlations in their lifestyles.
The participants were asked quizzed on their lifestyle, covering physical activity to psychological stresses, with the answers providing some insight into the risk factors associated with a stroke.
While steps can often be taken to prevent a stroke, Britons are reminded that life can often be unpredictable.