An article by Medical News Now | August 25, 2018 09:32:01-A study published in the journal PLOS One says skates and dress shoe are a better option for preventing stroke than traditional medications, and also reduces the risk of death in people with a stroke.
The study included 709 adults from Australia, New Zealand, and New Zealand who had been treated for stroke in the past and had no previous strokes.
The researchers used a computer-based simulation to compare the risk factors of stroke with stroke risk in the general population, with the same stroke outcome measured using a computer algorithm.
It found that the average stroke risk decreased with increasing skater shoe size, the authors said.
For example, women with a lower shoe size (or a bigger shoe), the risk increased with a 3.4- to 4.3-mm increase in shoe size.
In men, the risk decreased by about 1.5- to 1.9-mm, and in women the risk declined by about 0.9 to 1 mm.
There were no significant differences in the number of strokes or mortality between people who wore the shoe and those who did not, the researchers found.
However, the average size of the shoes was about half of the shoe size in the population.
The shoe sizes of the participants were also higher than in the people with strokes.
In addition, people who took the medications known to prevent stroke, including anti-convulsants and anti-epileptic drugs, had a slightly lower risk of having a stroke compared with people who did NOT take the medications.
The authors of the study said there was no reason to think that the reduction in stroke risk with skates or dress shoes would not also occur in people who were not taking the medications or who were at high risk of developing strokes.
But the study was small, and it did not examine the effects of these drugs on stroke, the scientists said.
The association between skates, dress shoes and stroke risk was strongest in older people, the study authors said, and people with lower shoe sizes were more likely to have a stroke than people with larger shoe sizes.
People who took medications known as anti-receptor blockers had a lower risk for stroke than those who were free of these medications.
Dr. Andrew D. Sargent, a member of the Stroke Prevention Research Group at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said the findings should be considered before deciding which medication is right for you.
“This is an interesting study, and hopefully it can inform policy makers about the safest and most effective therapies to use in the future,” he said.
He said that more research was needed to see if the risk reduction was more likely with skaters or dressers, but the findings were encouraging.
“It’s a very encouraging study, it’s a real step forward, but we still have a lot to do to get to that point, and to see how much of a difference it makes,” he told Medscape Medical News.
The National Stroke Foundation of Australia said it was pleased with the findings and that the research should be a guide for other researchers.
“The findings suggest that people with stroke may benefit from wearing skates as part of their overall lifestyle and that these shoes are a good choice for this purpose,” the foundation said in a statement.
“However, in many cases, wearing skate shoes may not be appropriate for those with severe stroke and other medical conditions.”