Study sees rise in young stroke sufferers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strokes are most common in old age, but US research suggests that lifestyle is putting younger people increasingly at risk for suffering strokes too.
In their study of two US states, researchers whose report appeared in the journal Neurology found that the rate of strokes among adults younger than 55 nearly doubled between 1993 and 2005.
Among whites aged 20 to 54, the rate rose from 26 strokes for every 100,000 people, to 48 per 100,000. Among African Americans, it climbed from 83 to 128 per 100,000.
The researchers said they could only speculate on possible explanations. One might be that doctors are detecting strokes in young people more often, both as a result of better brain-imaging technology and being more vigilant.