Lifestyle changes can make the biggest difference and can be a life saver when it comes to stroke.

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Study finds lifestyle changes affect risk of stroke

November 05, 2018 - 5:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It is an argument as old as people, or at least as old as people understanding that we inherit certain traits from our parents. 

What is more important: genes or lifestyle? Another way of looking at it is nature versus nurture. 

According to a new study in the British Medical Journal, when it comes to stroke, there is no doubt that some of us are at greater risk because of our genes. However, the biggest factors are lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress reduction and even blood pressure control. These all play critical roles, and the biggest factor appears to be avoiding cigarettes. 

The study found that lifestyle changes can make the biggest difference and can be a life saver.