More Strokes in Middle-Age

A new study finds that those at risk for stroke are getting younger.

From Everyday Health:

“Data from a regional stroke registry suggest that stroke may be shifting from a disease of the elderly to a midlife health concern.

The rate of first stroke among patients age 20 to 54 jumped 12.9 percent in 1993-1994 to 18.6 percent in 2005, according to Brett Kissela, MD, of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and colleagues.

Those findings from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke study, were published online in Neurology.

Kissela and colleagues said the uptick in “young” stroke over that decade may reflect a changing prevalence of stroke risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, and smoking, in younger patients.

Read more:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/stroke/1011/more-strokes-in-middle-age.aspx?xid=aol_eh-genvid_5_20121101_&aolcat=HLT&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing6%7Cdl21%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D229387

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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