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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


WTAE-TV: Do Diet, Marriage, Happiness Affect Risk Of Stroke?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Nearly 800,000 people are affected by strokes each year, with 144,000 of those cases resulting in death, according to the National Stroke Association.

WTAE Channel 4 Action News anchor Sally Wiggin talked with a local neurologist about some of the most well-known risk factors.

"A stroke is a disorder of the nervous system where there is insufficient blood circulation to part of the brain and all the functions that are sub served by that part of the brain are damaged," said Allegheny General Hospital neurologist Dr. Jon Brilliman.

Wiggin reported that high-fat diets, especially diets that contain trans fats found in processed, packaged foods like crackers and pastries, are believed to increase the chance of suffering a stroke.

Wiggin cited a study of postmenopausal women that showed those who ate seven grams of trans fats per day had 30 percent more stroke incidents than those who ate one game.

Obesity poses another risk factor.

"It raises your blood pressure, higher incidence of atherosclerosis, the heart has more work to do and therefore the heart can be damaged and emboli can break off and cause a stroke," said Brilliman.

To read more, visit the WTAE website.


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