Hip break could increase stroke risk

January 10, 2011 4:46:04 AM PST
It's already known that suffering a stroke can raise the risk of breaking your hip. But new research hints that the reverse might also be true.

The study out of Taiwan found that patients with a broken hip had more than a 50 percent increased risk of having a stroke within a year of their injury compared to similar patients with no fractures.

Still, doctors aren't sure what is responsible for the added risk; it could be physical inactivity and psychological stress that comes after a broken hip.