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Health.com: 17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Avoid Bad Air

In a recent study, Boston-area residents were 34% more likely to have an ischemic stroke on “moderate” versus “good” air quality days, especially after being exposed to traffic-related emissions. The link was strongest within 12 hours after the exposure.

The theory is that inhaling air particulates makes the coronary arteries less elastic.

Tip: If you have other risk factors for stroke, don’t get caught in traffic on days when air quality is diminished.

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