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Teen years in the 'stroke belt' could raise risk of future stroke
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(April 24, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Alabama - The teenage years could be vital to determining later stroke risk among certain individuals in the United States, according to a report published in Neurology. Researchers studied over 24,000 people with an average age of 65, 57% of whom lived in the 'stroke belt' in the Southeastern area of the US. None of the participants had had a stroke at the outset of the study, and were followed for an average of 5.8 years. After adjusting for risk factors, researchers found that those who had lived in the stroke belt during their teen years had a 17% increased risk of stroke later in life.