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Diet pattern a strong defense against strokes

About 500,000 first-time strokes occur every year in the U.S. Since high blood pressure is the number one risk factor, it's no surprise that managing high blood pressure through diet is a key focus. In October 2014 the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association released newly revised guidelines for stroke prevention, recommending a Mediterranean or DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet pattern while maintaining a healthy weight in order to control blood pressure and lower the risk of stroke. A Mediterranean diet with nuts This diet pattern is recommended based on the PREDIMED study, which was published April 2013 in The New England Journal of...