The Syrian Jew Who Saved Israel
By: Dave Gordon
Smokers experience strokes when they are an average of ten years younger than non-smokers, according to a Canadian study. A stroke prevention clinic found that smokers were referred to the clinic due to a high risk for stroke at around age 58, after experiencing a mini-stroke or actual stroke, whereas non-smokers only needed referrals at around age 67. The research was presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Ottawa. Smoking hardens and narrows arteries, and changes the consistency of blood, which means that blood vessels are more likely to be clogged, thus making strokes more likely. The risk of stroke is reduced within 18 months to two years of quitting smoking, and eventually becomes similar to that of non-smokers.