A study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that ischemic stroke hospitalisation rates in adolescents and young adults in the US aged 15 to 44 increased up to 37 per cent between 1995 and 2008.
The findings reported an increase in the prevalence of diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders, and tobacco use among this age group during the 14-year study period. In addition, nearly one in three patients aged 15 to 34 years and over half aged 35 to 44 years were also diagnosed with hypertension.
Dr Lorna Laywood of The Stroke Association says, “A stroke can happen to anyone at any time no matter what age. People usually associate strokes with older people, but a quarter of all strokes happen to people of working age, and around 400 children have a stroke every year in the UK.
“We know that high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke, along with other factors such as obesity, diabetes, poor diet and smoking. This research emphasises the need for people to be aware that stroke can affect younger people, and for all of us, regardless of our age, to check our blood pressure and adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
The Stroke Association