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.