Researchers Find ‘Unsettling’ Uptick in Stroke Rates in Adults Under 55

A recent study of stroke rates has found that while rates have declined in patients older than age 55, there has been an uptick among younger populations—and the potential underlying factors are “unsettling.”

Authors of the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, write that over the past 20 years, the incidence of stroke has decreased in many countries, but that trend may now be reversing itself. Researchers applied an “age-period-cohort” analysis to data from the Myocardial Infarction Data Acquisition System in New Jersey in an attempt to “unravel the separate effects due to aging, secular changes, and life course experience” on incidence of ischemic stroke and ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). The time periods considered were 1995-1999 (period 1), 2000-2004 (period 2), 2005-2009 (period 3), and 2010-2014 (period 4).

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