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Are your obsessions leading you to stroke?

As the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 11% of total deaths, as well as the third leading cause of disability, medical researchers have for a long time been interested in understanding strokes and the factors that increase the risk of its occurrence. Strokes can be either ischemic or hemorrhagic; an ischemic stroke will happen when a blood clot or build-up of plaque blocking the blood supply to the brain, and a hemorrhagic stroke takes place when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Commonly known risk factors for stroke are typically listed as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity, with doctors regularly recommending tobacco smoking cessation, weight loss, and physical exercise as a means to avoid stroke-related risk factors.

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