14:04 13 October 2012
A research conducted by American Academy of Neurology has confirmed that strokes are now becoming more common for people who are 55 years old and below.
Strokes, which are usually associated with older people, are now also affecting younger people.
Based on the study that followed 1.3million people from Cincinnati and North Kentucky, 19per cent of the respondents who have suffered from a stroke were below 55 years old.
This is 13per cent higher compared to the data collected in 1993, according to a report by the BBC.
The study also confirmed that less people from older groups (with an average age being 71 years old) are suffering from the same condition.
The Stroke Association are believed to have said that the findings are alarming.
Doctor David Werring, a neurologist from University College London, is quoted by the BBC saying: “Stroke is usually considered a disease of older people, but this study reminds us that young people are also affected.”
Dr Clare Walton, from the Stroke Association, added: “A stroke happens in an instant, but its effects can last a lifetime, leaving many with long-term severe disabilities.
“This problem needs to be addressed now. In many cases, a stroke can be prevented and everyone can reduce their risk by making a few simple healthy lifestyle changes.
“For example, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting your blood pressure checked can all make a huge difference.”
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