San Antonio, Tex—Researchers presenting data in February at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference introduced four new markers that they say affect the probability of having a fatal stroke. The new risk factors are body height, abdominal obesity, educational level, and degree of satisfaction with family life. Although the data are gleaned from retrospective studies, the researchers said they offer insight into factors affecting the risk for stroke, of which almost 170 000 Americans die each year.
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