Smokers have strokes a decade younger than the non-smokers: study

According to one of the most recent comparison of patients at an Ottawa stroke prevention clinic, people who smoke are likely to have strokes or mini-strokes at a younger age than those who do not smoke.

In actual fact, the smokers were nearly 10 years younger when they had to seek medical help. The study states that an average age for smokers is of 58 in contrast to an average age of 67 for non-smokers.

A similar research was previously conducted on a sample of 982 people who were treated at the clinic between January 2009 and March 2011. These patients were at high risk for stroke after having a mini-stroke known as a transient ischemic attack, a suspected TIA or an actual stroke. Out of these, 718 were non-smokers and 264 were smokers.

Dr. Mike Sharma, one of the principal investigators said: “We started to look carefully at who these people were that were being referred to us who are at high risk for stroke, how old they were, whether they were men or women, where they came from, and that’s what led to this surprise finding. We compared the characteristics of the smokers to the non-smokers, and much to our surprise, the smokers were having this disease about a decade younger than the non-smokers.”

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