A new Swedish study published in the Journal of Neurology, suggests that eating chocolate may lower the risk of stroke by 17% in men. Chocolate contains antioxidant properties which could reduce blood pressure, increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and improve blood vessel function. The participants who ate more chocolate in this study were better educated and led a healthier lifestyle than their peers. Therefore, researchers could not conclude that risk of stroke reduction was solely due to chocolate consumption.  What are the warning signs of stroke that patients should be aware of?