More young people suffering strokes
The prevalence of strokes is increasing among younger and middle-aged people and shows a shift in the trend of strokes traditionally occurring in people over the age of 65, according to new research.
The new study is the first of its kind to compare incidence and impacts of stroke among countries on a global scale.
The research, published in The Lancet, looked at data from 119 studies to calculate the number of strokes between 1995 and 2010, based on country and region.
Globally, in 2010, 5.2 million strokes, or 31 percent of strokes, occurred in children (ages 20 and younger) and young and middle-aged adults (ages 20 to 64).
In the U.S., hospital discharges for strokes among young people increased from 23 percent in 1995 to 53 percent in 2007.
Researchers also found that an overwhelming majority of the strokes occurring among young people—almost 90 percent—take place in low- or middle-income countries.
Findings suggest that effective global preventive strategies are necessary in order to prevent these figures to continue to rise, researchers said.