Increase in stroke rate of young Americans

Apr 15, 2011

Stroke is now more common in very young American patients.

Though the number of hospitalizations resulting from strokes has declined in the middle-aged and elderly, it has increased for young people, according to new research presented at the 2011 American Stroke Association's International Stoke Conference.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed statistical information concerning hospital admissions related to ischemic stroke. They discovered that for some age groups, such as girls 0 to 4 years old, there was a 51 percent rate of decline. However, among children and teens overall, there were 31 and 36 percent increases in boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14, respectively.

Though this study has made significant headway into the issue of stroke as related to age and gender, further research will be required.

"We cannot link anything in particular to the trend in younger patients, but I believe the role of obesity and hypertension will prompt a big discussion. Unfortunately, right now we can't speculate on the causes," said CDC health statistician Xin Tong.

Stroke is a serious condition which can result in significant brain damage or death. As the disorder affects young people in increasing numbers, it may serve as encouragement to consider a term-life insurance policy, even at a young age.  

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