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Letters Lifestyle habits and risk of stroke

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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 31 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1327
  1. Phyo Kyaw Myint, clinical senior lecturer in ageing and stroke medicine1,
  2. Kay-Tee Khaw, professor of clinical gerontology, 2
  3. On behalf of all coauthors
  1. 1School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
  2. 2School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Box- 251, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
  1. phyo.k.myint{at}

    We agree with Kurth that intermediate risk factors for stroke such as body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and cholesterol concentration are influenced by the lifestyle factors that we examined. This could lead to the attenuation of our results, as highlighted by Kurth. The observed relations seemed to be over …

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