When it comes to strokes,a new study says there’s good news and bad news. According to University of Southern California researchers,between 2000 and 2010 strokes fell overall among Americans. That includes a 50% drop among people 65 and older.
However,the same study says strokes increased 49% among 25 to 64 year olds. Researchers also found hospitalizations increased 14% among African Americans. One neurologist says that figure is proof many African Americans aren’t getting the access to medical care they need.
Experts didn’t have a clear answer on why strokes are up among younger people,but say better awareness of symptoms is the most likely reason. Doctors meanwhile say they can’t stress enough,that a healthy lifestyle is key to avoiding strokes. Included in that is being active, not smoking and monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure levels.