After one year of a stroke, men and women still had twice the risk of a major cardiac event compared to those that hadn’t had a stroke.
One study looking at people who had suffered strokes found that the risk of having a heart attack after a stroke increases over time.
It found that three years after a stroke, nearly one-quarter of patients had died or had another stroke or heart attack.
The ensuing heart problems may be caused by the same problems that caused the stroke in the first place – such as artery blood clots, known as thrombosis.
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