Dietary Interventions to Lower the Risk of Stroke

Bernadette Boden-Albala, Lauren Southwick, Heather Carman

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Stroke is a major cause of death and permanent disability in the USA; primary prevention and risk reduction are a critical health concern. A wealth of research investigated stroke risk factors, including primary hypertension, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation. Research has expanded to examine lifestyle factors, such as diet/dietary patterns, physical activity, cigarette smoking, and obesity distribution, as critical modifiable risk factors. Emerging evidence suggests diet/dietary patterns may lead to heightened risk of stroke. Despite a growing literature, research has yet to implement dietary interventions to explore this relationship within a US sample. This review discusses available clinical research findings reporting on the relationship among diet/dietary patterns, cardiovascular disease, and risk of stroke. We will assess challenges, limitations, and controversies, and address future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2015


  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Clinical trial intervention
  • Diet/dietary patterns
  • Health disparities
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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