A study in the Journal of Stroke looked at 150,000 adults who have lung cancer to see if they were at a higher risk of having a stroke.
As doctors, this study wasn’t much of an eye-opener because when you think about how cancer in the lungs can spread to the brain, that is a set-up for stroke. There is more likelihood of clots, which can lead to stroke.
This study highlights a very important point about smoking, which is that it can have many other risks, like the one we just talked about. If you or anyone you know is diagnosed with lung cancer it is important to have a conversation with your doctor about reducing the chance of having a stroke.