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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 provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.