Having diabetes or high blood pressure could lead to an increase in carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and could lead to a higher risk of a person having a stroke, according to a new European study.
The research, carried out by scientists at Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria in Cagliari, Italy, noted in the poll of 186 people that those who have diabetes or hypertension are much more likely to suffer from the stroke-inducing condition which affects blood flow.
Lead author of the study Dr Luca Saba stated: "The detection and evaluation of CAWT together with the study of other cardiovascular factors allows for improvement in patient follow up and risk stratification.
"Imaging as part of the diagnostic process and management of patients with high cardiovascular risks is important."
It follows comments from Joe Korner, the director of communications at the Stroke Association, who stated that high blood pressure is the most important risk factor for the condition.
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