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It's Time Texas: Sept. 19, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Adults who were emotionally neglected as children may have a higher risk of stroke, according to a new medical study.

Our childhood is meant to be a time of innocence, discovery and fun with friends. However, a recent medical survey by Mayo Clinic shows a moderately high level of stroke occurred in adults who were neglected as children.

"Adverse events in childhood can lead to increased physical illness, and real physiological impacts on our bodies as adults," said Dr. Kate Eshleman of Cleveland Clinic.

Eshleman said roughly 1,000 people ages 55 and older participated in the survey. She said those who reported physical and emotional abuse before the age of 18 were three times more likely to suffer stroke than those who were not neglected.

She added that parents who feel overwhelmed should not be afraid to ask for counsel.

"There are resources available through community services, through physician's offices, and don't be afraid to ask for help," Eshleman said.

Remember, stroke is the number one cause of disability in the U.S., according to the National Stroke Association, and it is the third leading cause of death.

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