A stroke before 50 means you triple your risk of early death

A stroke before 50 means you triple your risk of early death

Sadly the stroke rates for people aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s is skyrocketing all over the Western World due to massive jumps in alcohol intake and a poor diet rich in processed foods, animal proteins and fats and added sugars.

“If elimination of the [stroke] cause is not possible, long-term follow-up and control of the disease and its risk factors need to be maintained vigilantly.  Secondary prevention after stroke in young adults is a long-term and probably lifelong endeavour”
Graeme Hankey, MD, of Australia’s Royal Perth Hospital.

Frank-Erik de Leeuw, MD, PhD, of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and colleagues, in this latest prospective cohort study found:

  • A stroke or transient ischemic attack by age 50 more than triples your mortality risk over subsequent decades
  • Adults who survived a stroke faced mortality rates of up to 12% 10 years later and 27% 20 years later
  • The risk was 2.6- to 3.9-fold higher than in people without a stroke
  • The incidence of stroke before age 55 is on the rise and is now nearly 20% of strokes overall in the U.S.

Here is the real juicy part.  Vascular causes accounted for 50% of the deaths in the decades after a midlife stroke.  This shows that the underlying vascular disease that caused the stroke did not go away or change and heightened heart disease risk for life.  This again clearly presents evidence for diet and lifestyle changes after any heart-related event.

Study by Rutten-Jacobs LCA, et al “Long-term mortality after stroke among adults aged 18 to 50 years” as published by the Journal of the American Medical Association 2013; 309: 1136-1144., and Hankey GJ “Stroke in young adults: Implications of the long-term prognosis” as published by the Journal of the American Medical Association 2013; 309: 1171-1172.  The researchers looked at long-term outcomes in the prospective Follow-Up of Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke Patients and Unelucidated Risk Factor Evaluation (FUTURE) study covering 959 consecutive patients, 18-50, after a first transient ischemic attack (TIA, 262), ischemic stroke (606), or intracerebral hemorrhage (91) from 1980 through late 2010.  The study was supported by grants from the Dutch Epilepsy Fund and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.  As reported by MedPage Today on March 19, 2013.


 

Posted: Thursday 28 March 2013

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