Review: Being overweight increases stroke risk

04/6/2010 | Reuters

A review of studies that included almost 2.3 million people found that being overweight increases the risk of ischemic stroke by 22%, while being obese increases the risk 64%. Researchers said being overweight and obese independently affected stroke risk, possibly because fat cells can secrete substances that contribute to inflammation, artery hardening or blood clotting.

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