Surge in risk of stroke among youth linked to lifestyle choices

Study finds risk of stroke among younger individuals increased by 15% in the last 10 years

APP June 22, 2024
Cardiologists stress prevention is better than bearing expensive treatments. PHOTO: FILE


A recent study conducted in the United States reveals a significant increase in stroke incidence among young and middle-aged individuals globally over the past decade.

According to the research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the primary causes of stroke include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and physical inactivity. These factors, combined with lifestyle choices, have contributed to the rising stroke rates among younger populations, the report further states.

Symptoms of a stroke can vary but often include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms include confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, vision problems in one or both eyes, difficulty walking, loss of balance and severe headache with no known cause.

American experts reviewed data from thousands of individuals across various states to analyse stroke rates and demographics. The findings of the study indicated that the risk of stroke among younger individuals has increased by 15% in the last 10 years. Individuals as young as 18 years old have been reported to suffer from strokes, a notable shift compared to past trends where strokes were more common in older adults.

Experts attribute this change to various lifestyle and health factors, including poor diet, lack of physical activity, and increased stress levels. They recommend that individuals, particularly younger adults, adopt healthier lifestyles to mitigate stroke risk. Regular physical activity, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, routine health check-ups, and stress management are crucial preventive measures.


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