Strokes increasing and hitting ever younger people in 2013

Strokes increasing and hitting ever younger people in 2013

Sadly unless urgent steps are taken to get people to improve unhealthy lifestyles, then the dramatically increasing stroke rates will continue to rise…

Two large studies have warned that early death, disability and illness from strokes could double by 2030 – mostly due to unhealthy lifestyles.

The Lancet medical journal studies have found:

  • A 25% increase in the number of strokes in those aged over 20 in the past 20 years
  • 31% of the total strokes are now in the young – aged 20-64
  • More than 83,000 people aged 20 and younger suffer strokes every year
  • Under-75’s now account for 62% of new strokes, 45% of deaths, and 72% of illness and disability
  • If those trends continue, there will be an estimated 12 million stroke deaths every year by 2030…

“Death caused by stroke will more than double worldwide by 2030 - in part because of unhealthy diet, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking...  The shift in stroke burden towards younger people would continue unless urgent steps are taken to get people to improve unhealthy lifestyles - mainly by reducing consumption of salt, calories, alcohol and tobacco.  These findings suggest that stroke should no longer be regarded as a disease of old age.  In view of the worldwide epidemic of diabetes and increasing prevalence of other cardiovascular risk factors in young adults, the shift in stroke burden towards younger populations is likely to continue globally unless effective preventive strategies are urgently implemented”
Valery Feigin, MD, and colleagues from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, October 2013.

“Most hemorrhagic strokes can be attributed to hypertension and an unhealthy lifestyle e.g., physical inactivity, obesity, unhealthy diet, alcohol excess and smoking…”
Graeme Hankey, MBBS, MD, University of Western Australia, Perth, October 2013.

Study by Feigin V, et al ‘Global and regional burden of stroke during 1990-2010: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010” as published in the Lancet 2013; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61953-4; Also study by Giroud M, et al “The worldwide landscape of stroke in the 21st century” as published in the Lancet 2013; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62077-2; Also study by Krishnamurthi R, et al “Global and regional burden of first-ever ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke during 1990-2010: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010” from Lancet Global Health 2013; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70089-5.  Feigin and colleagues examined the global burden of stroke from 1990 to 2010 using data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010.  Full reports available from the American Heart Association: ‘AHA Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2013 Update’ and ‘Forecasting the Future of Stroke in the United States’.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 23, 2013.


 

Posted: Saturday 9 November 2013