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The University of Vermont is leading a study focusing on the high risks of having a stroke for people in the Southeast.

Twenty-three thousand participants were studied over five years. During that time,432 of those participants suffered a stroke. A new website called "Life's Simple 7 Health Factors" is for anyone at risk of having a stroke and provides a score based on numbers, such as your blood pressure and cholesterol. The site helps patients find a healthier lifestyle with suggested diets and exercise plans. Dr. Mary Cushman, a professor at UVM, says talking with your doctor to find out your simple seven score will help you lower your chances of having a stroke.

"The best way to be empowered to improve your health is to know your numbers, know what your blood pressure, your blood sugar, your cholesterol are and to self evaluate yourself," she said.

The "Life's Simple Seven Health Factors" include: no smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and controlling your blood sugar.

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