Disability risk high in young people who have stroke

US researchers assessed 722 people who had a first stroke aged 18–50 and followed them for nine years.

About one-third had at least moderate disability but it varied with type of stroke.

After haemorrhagic stroke, 50% had disability and 18% were fully dependent on others; after ischaemic stroke, it was 36.5% vs 14.6%; and after TIA, 16.8% vs 10.8%.

Stroke 2014; online 27 Feb