Any infection can trigger acute stroke

Study shows greatest association is with UTI that leads to a fivefold increase in stroke risk

All infection types appear to be associated with an increased risk of acute ischaemic stroke, according to a US study.

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Every infection type — skin, urinary tract, abdominal, respiratory and septicaemia — was associated with significantly increased odds of acute ischaemic stroke, according to the study in Stroke.

The greatest association was for UTI, which was linked with 5.32-fold increased odds of ischaemic stroke within seven days of infection.

Researchers used the New York State Inpatient and