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Stroke on the Rise for Younger Generation

admin - February 11, 2011

“Stroke Rates on the Rise Among Young Americans,” is the alarming title of a recent HealthNews article. It reports that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers looked at hospital records across 41 states and found a significant increase in the number of young American men and women, ages 15 to 44, being hospitalized for acute ischemic stroke.

The breakdown of this CDC research shows increases as high as 51% in the 15 to 34 male age group, 36% in the 4-14 male age group, and 31% in the 4-14 female age group.

The article quotes Mary George, MD, MSPH, of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, as saying “This study really doesn’t address what might be underlying these trends, and I think that really needs to be looked into.” She then added, “Whether it’s associated with increasing trends in traditional risk factors is unknown at this time.”

Read this article now for more on this staggering data.

An ischemic stroke is when a blocked artery prohibits blood flow to the brain. Quick medical attention is needed in this situation to prevent brain damage and even death. History of stroke as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are huge determinates for risk. Help prevent stroke by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting preventive screenings.


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