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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Small changes to your lifestyle could have a big impact on your risk for stroke.

Researchers at the University of Vermont studied more than 20,000 Americans age forty-five and older.

Each patient received a score based on how many healthy lifestyle factors they followed like not smoking and keeping their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol under control. They found for every one point increase towards better health, the risk for stroke went down eight percent.

Blood pressure stood out above all the healthy factors as having the strongest relationship to stroke risk. People with an ideal blood pressure level had a sixty percent reduced risk for stroke.

People who didn't smoke, or quit smoking a year before starting the study, had a forty percent lower risk for stroke.

- Study published in the journal Stroke.
- Study conducted at the University of Vermont.

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