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Physician Explains New Research Showing Cold Weather Brings Spike in Strokes

Shepherd Center's Ford Vox, M.D., urges focus on controllable risk factors, such as high blood pressure.

Though spring officially arrives on March 20, a little more cold weather is still predicted, and that can lead to a spike in strokes and stroke-related hospitalizations, according to new research.

In a column published online in Bloomberg View, Shepherd Center physician Ford Vox, M.D., deciphers the research and discusses stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, that patients and healthcare professionals can address.


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FORD VOX, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Shepherd Center. He treats people with brain injury and stroke. Dr. Vox is also a healthcare news columnist who publishes articles in such online publications as Bloomberg View and Forbes magazine.

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Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.