Folic Acid Supplements May Help Cut Down Stroke Risk

March 16, 2015 4:22 AM

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Folic acid supplements, which are commonly taken by women during pregnancy to keep neural birth defects at bay, could actually be helpful in reducing the risk of stroke as well, particularly for patients affected by high blood pressure, the findings of a new Chinese study have revealed.

“If all that is required to prevent the greatest health threat worldwide is a vitamin, then we need to consider checking patients’ blood levels of folic acid and supplementing if needed,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, who is a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, explains.

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