Number of middle age people having a stroke has increased - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/15/10

Number of middle age people having a stroke has increased

LUBBOCK, TX (KBCD) - Strokes appear to be declining among the elderly and climbing in younger adults.

A new study presented to the American Stroke Association's annual meeting in
San Antonio indicates the percentage of strokes in people under age 45 has grown significantly in the last 20 years. The reason? diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity are getting more and more common in young people. And high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for having a stroke a condition that's easily detected and often treatable.

The study found fewer strokes among people over age 75 suggesting it may be that awareness campaigns have convinced the older crowd to get checked and treated. And that it's time now for younger people to get the same message.

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