Stroke Incidence is on the Rise For People Under the Age of 55

Dr. Brett Kissela, neurologist at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, explains that the risk of stroke in young people is on the rise. One reason for this may be that young patients are experiencing risk factors like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure at a younger age. In a National Institutes of Health-funded study Dr. Kissela and his team found that the proportion of strokes in adults under 55 increased by 7 percent over a 12-year period. 26-year-old twins Kathryn and Kimberly, who suffered strokes within 9 months of each other, are now aware that stroke can affect anyone at any time and most importantly, at any age.

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