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Strokes affecting young Americans

New study finds increases in men and women

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:50am

A new study says strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans, and doctors across the country are calling the results "alarming." The results of this study, reported by the American Stroke Association are certainly getting attention from young and middle-aged Americans.

Cardiologists agree younger generations are more at risk for a stroke than ever before. This is the first large nationwide study of stroke hospitalizations by age. Government researchers compared hospitalizations in 1994 and 1995 with ones in 2006 and 2007.

The sharpest increase, around 51 percent, was among men ages 15-34. Strokes rose among women in this age group as well, but not as fast at 17 percent.

Doctor Gary Idelchik, a Cardiologist with the Trinity Clinic says information is critical in prevention. Early estimates from death certificates for 2007 suggest that stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the country instead of the third, partly because of better treatments and prevention among the elderly.

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