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More Young Adults Being Affected By Stroke, Report Finds

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More Young Adults Being Affected By Stroke, Report Finds

Stroke may often be considered a disease of the old, but a new report in The Lancet shows an increasing number of young and middle-aged adults are being affected by it.

Researchers from around the world examined new cases of stroke, its overall prevalence, and deaths from stroke from 1990 to 2012 (looking specifically at time points of 1990, 2005 and 2010). They found that strokes have increased 25 percent globally in the past 20 years in people ages 20 to 64.

Now, 20-to-64-year-olds make up 31 percent of all strokes. Before 1990, they made up just 25 percent.

"Our findings show that although stroke mortality rates and mortality-to-incidence ratios have decreased in the past two decades, the global burden of stroke in terms of the absolute number of people affected every year, stroke survivors, related deaths, and DALYs [disability-adjusted life-years] lost are great and increasing, with most of the burden in low-income and middle-income countries," the researchers wrote in the study.

In addition, they found that the number of overall stroke illnesses and deaths is higher now in the 74-and-younger age group, whereas before the number of illnesses and deaths from stroke was higher in the 75-and-older age group. Specifically, people 74 and younger now make up 62 percent of new strokes, 45 percent of stroke deaths, and 72 percent of cases of stroke-related illness and disability.

Another startling finding: 83,000 people affected by stroke each year are 20 and younger. Researchers noted this is the first time they were able to look at new cases of stroke in this younger demographic.

The way things are going now, they noted that stroke deaths, illness and disability are on track to more than double by 2030.

References and further information

This article was originally produced by The Huffington Post.

 

To read the rest of the article visit The Huffington Post website  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/stroke-young-adults_n_4152044.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

 

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