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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.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.