Strokes up 45% in the young and middle aged in a decade

Strokes up 45% in the young and middle aged in a decade

Just another case of younger people getting sicker earlier with preventable disease, through poor diet and lifestyle choices – when are we going to learn?

What was the study outcome?

  • The rate of first stroke among patients age 20 to 54 jumped from 12.9% in 1993-1994 to 18.6% in 2005.
  • For African-Americans ages 20 to 54 - incidence went from 83 to 128 per 100,000
  • For Europeans the incidence almost doubled from 26 per 100,000 to 48 per 100,000 from 1993/1994 to 2005.

The researchers 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”

Study by Brett Kissela, MD, of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and colleagues, “Age at stroke: temporal trends in stroke incidence in a large, biracial population” as published in Neurology 2012; 79: 1781-1787.  Also study by Elkind MSV, Sultan S “Stroke in young adults: on the rise?” as published in Neurology 2012; 79: 1732-1733.  The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Study is a retrospective, population-based study that measures trends in stroke incidence and mortality on over 1.3 million adults.  Stroke incidence was measured from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994, then in 1999 and 2005.  Data covered all the confounding factors and excluded them.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 10, 2012.

Posted: Wednesday 27 February 2013