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People in three southern U.S. states are facing a health threat no one can explain: an abnormally high risk of suffering a fatal stroke - even among tourists just visiting the region.
Residents and visitors alike in near-coastal areas of North and South Carolina and Georgia have a stroke risk at least 10 per cent higher than people in other U.S. states.
And when local people leave the area, even for a short trip, their risk of a fatal stroke drops.
Tourists enjoying pleasant weather on Topsail Beach, North Carolina. People in three southern U.S. states are facing a health threat no one can explain: an abnormally high risk of suffering a fatal stroke - even among tourists just visiting the region.
Since short visits don't change a person's weight, blood pressure or diabetic status, researchers are literally wondering whether there's something in the local air or water.
Background and Purpose The factors that contribute to the Stroke Belt—a concentration of high stroke mortality rates in the southeastern United States—remain unidentified. Previous hypotheses that focused on physical properties of the area have not been confirmed. This study describes changes in the locations of areas with the highest rates of stroke mortality and the implications for new hypotheses regarding the Stroke Belt.
Originally posted by grover
I wonder about red tide and while I know they shut beaches in high flowerings of it... what would a smaller exposure to it do?