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Aug 8, 2014 7:19 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Brain function may impact stroke risk

New research finds brain function may impact a person's risk of having a stroke.

More than 7,000 seniors with no history of stroke were given memory, attention, and thinking tests every three years.

Those with lower scores had a 61 percent higher chance of eventually having a stroke. That risk was even higher among African Americans.

Experts say closer examination of mental health may help prevent future strokes in older adults.

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