Urinary tract infections: A possible trigger for stroke

Infections — especially those in the urinary tract, known as UTIs — may raise the risk of a stroke, a new study finds.

Researchers examined the electronic medical records of more than 191,000 stroke patients to see if they’d been hospitalized or gone to an emergency room for an infection shortly before the stroke. They tracked infections of the abdomen, blood, respiratory tract, skin, or urinary tract.

The risk of stroke was higher in the weeks and months following any infection that required a trip to the hospital, the researchers found. But the link was strongest for UTIs: they were associated with more than triple the usual risk of stroke within 30 days of the infection.

The observed connection makes sense: Infections cause inflammation throughout the body, which may encourage blood clots to form. Most strokes result from a clot that blocks blood flow to the brain.

 Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 

We love because He first loved us.1 John 4:19 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9  NIV

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1Corinthians 13:2 NIV

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16  NIV 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word. Ephesians 5:25-26  NIV 

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 | NIV 

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10  NIV

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5  NIV

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