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Have you been told Vitamin E is a good supplement to take as a daily supplement?  If it wasn’t your doctor or primary health care provider you may want to reevaluate the referral.  A new research study suggests you could be increasing your risk of suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.  Over 10,000 participants were evaluated in the study published by The British Medical Journal which assessed the impact of Vitamin E on stroke risk .

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The study came about because of the sparked interest of the research group who were concerned with the 13% of Americans who were taking Vitamin E supplements to reduce their risk of heart disease.  The study’s representative, Dr. Schuerks stated the study doesn’t support there’s any benefits to take Vitamin E supplements for cardiovascular disease.

The research group is not fully clear what Vitamin E is doing to the human body but suggests its possible that it may be altering blood clotting patterns, leading to bleeding in the brain.  The study also reveals a counter conclusion of the positive and negative effects of taking Vitamin E.  Dr. Schuerks and the research team concluded taking Vitamin E supplements increases hemorrhagic stroke risk by 22 percent.  However, an ischaemic stroke risk is reduced by 10 percent taking Vitamin E supplements.  All this means is “one additional hemorrhagic stroke for every 1,250 individuals taking vitamin E” and “one ischaemic stroke prevented per 476 individuals taking vitamin E,” according to the study’s conclusions.

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Neurologist Dr. Anand Viswanathan of the Massachuestts General Hospital Vascular Center and Stroke Service advises patients to not use Vitamin E without a doctor’s permission.  He shared his thoughts with AOL Health after reviewing the recent study conclusions.  Both Drs. Viswanathan and Schuerks agreed that people can have a better impact to reduce their risk of stroke by avoiding smoking, controlling your weight, controlling your blood pressure and regular to moderate exercise.

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