Healthy living can balance high genetic risk for stroke

Healthy living can balance high genetic risk for stroke

Healthy living can balance high genetic risk for stroke

A new study revealed that a good cardiovascular lifestyle can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 43 per cent in people who are genetically predisposed to it.

The research was led by UTHealth Houston and the findings were published in the journal of the American Heart Association. The study included 11,568 adults from ages 45 to 64 who were stroke-free at baseline and followed for a median of 28 years. The levels of cardiovascular health were based on the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 recommendations, which include stopping smoking, eating better, getting activity, losing weight, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and reducing blood sugar. The lifetime risk of stroke was computed according to what is called a stroke polygenic risk score, with people who had more genetic risk factors linked to the risk of stroke scoring higher.