The number of young and middle-aged people suffering from strokes around the world has soared over the past two decades, according to new research. VoR’s Tim Ecott spoke to Joe Korner, the director of external affairs at the Stroke Association.
A study in the Lancet found that between 1990 and 2010 - the number of strokes afflicting people aged 20 to 64 increased by a quarter - with this age group now making up 31 per cent of the global trend. “Not only do a large proportion of the people who have stroke come from a younger age bracket, but that age bracket seems to be increasing in terms of stroke, which is very alarming,” says Joe Korner. If this trend continues - disabilities, illnesses and premature deaths caused by strokes are expected to double worldwide by 2030. A lot of assumptions about the physical reasons for strokes are based one’s lifestyle, lack of exercise, sugar-based diet, smoking, and high blood pressure. “You can lower your risk by eating healthy, five bits of fruit and vegetables per day, take some exercise, don’t smoke and drink in moderation. Those are the main things you’ve got to do. And remember the stroke symptoms - face, arms and speech – they can all be affected and if that happens, get to the hospital as quickly as possible,” advices Joe Korner. (Voice of Russia), Tim Ecott, Source: Voice Of Russia