Smoking is the Leading Cause of Strokes in Individuals Under 45

John Kim, Oct. 27, 2015, 8:33 a.m.

A new study has revealed that smoking is the cause of almost half of the strokes suffered by individuals under the age of 45. Professor Bae Hee-jun’s team at the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital reported that they came up with these results after investigating 5,107 patients that were hospitalized between 2008 and 2010 with acute cerebral infarctions.

The research team compared the life habits and history of illness of the patients with data of a healthy comparison group which was collected through the National Nutrition survey. The results showed that 45 percent of men under the age of 45 had strokes because of their smoking habits. The second most frequent cause was high blood pressure (29 percent).

Smoking was also the main cause of strokes among men between the ages of 46 and 65 (37 percent). High blood pressure also ranked second in this age group (23 percent). Among seniors over the age of 66, high blood pressure (24 percent among men, 23 percent among women) and medical history (20 percent among men, 17 percent among women) were the main health hazard factors among men and women.

The research team explained that the research was meaningful in discovering that the main causes of strokes were smoking and high blood pressure among younger men, and high blood pressure and medical history among the elderly. The results were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Stroke.

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