Published: Thursday 11 October 2012
Research in the American Academy of Neurology Journal suggests that strokes are becoming more common at a younger age, with about one in five victims now below the age of 55. Despite this, there is an overall decline in the incidence of stroke.
Dr Clare Walton Research Communication's Officer at the Stroke Association says:
“This research is alarming. With the number of younger people having strokes increasing, greater strain will be placed on health services to support them with their recovery. This is particularly worrying given the proposed cuts to the NHS and social care which could seriously impact on patients’ life after stroke. A stroke happens in an instant but its effects can last a lifetime, leaving many with long-term severe disabilities.
“This problem needs to be addressed now. In many cases a stroke can be prevented and everyone can reduce their risk by making a few simple healthy lifestyle changes. For example, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting your blood pressure checked can all make a huge difference.”