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Stroke rates rising among younger adults

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Strokes aren't necessarily a disease of the elderly. A new study suggests they're becoming more common in younger adults.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine looked at first-time stroke victims in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area over several decades.

Since 1993, the average age of a first stroke fell from 71 to 69.

The percentage of stroke patients under the age of 55 grew from about 13% in 1993 to 19% in 2005.

It's unclear whether improved diagnosis or chronic diseases like type ii diabetes or obesity are driving down the stroke age.

This study is from researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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