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Milionis and colleagues' interesting data nicely complement our study results,1 and emphasize that excess weight is an important modifiable risk factor for stroke. In their study, a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater was associated with a 24% increase in the risk of nonembolic ischemic stroke in the elderly compared with a BMI of less than 27.
Kurth T, Gaziano JM, Berger K, Kase CS, Manson JE. Associations Between Body Mass Index and Risks in Elderly Patients With a First-Ever Acute Ischemic Stroke—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(8):980-981. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.8.980-a