Increased stroke at younger age leads to greater ‘life time disability’

The study of more than 1.3 million people in the US found the proportion of all strokes among people aged 20–54 increased from 13% to 19% between 1993–94 and 2005.

In this age group, incidence rates for all strokes increased from 26 per 100,000 in 1993–94 to 48 per 100,000 in 2005 among white patients.

The researchers also found the average age of people who experienced a first stroke fell from 71 years in 1993–94 to 69 years during the period, with a trend toward a higher proportion of ischaemic strokes and lower proportion of