More Strokes Hitting the Young and Middle-Aged

Strokes have risen dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans. This could be a sign that the obesity epidemic is reshaping the incidence of the disease.

The numbers come from the first large U.S. study of stroke hospitalizations by age. The sharpest increase, at 51 percent, was seen in men aged 15 through 34.  Strokes were also significantly up among women in this age group.

USA Today reports:

“Stroke still takes its highest toll on older people. For those over 65, there were nearly 300 stroke cases among 10,000 hospitalizations ... For males 15 to 34, there were about 15 stroke cases per 10,000”.

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