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Stroke hits smokers at younger age

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a stroke, and at a younger age than people who don't smoke.

A Canadian study of more than 900 patients found the average age at the time of their stroke was 67 for non-smokers and only 58 for smokers.

Smokers also had a greater risk of having more complications, as well as recurrent strokes.

Researchers say smoking causes a build-up of debris inside of blood vessels, as well as dangerous blood clots.

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