Stroke Increasing at Younger Ages, UCNI Research Shows

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Keith Herrell
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CINCINNATI—Stroke is declining in the elderly but increasing at younger ages, new research from the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) indicates.The research, based on data from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is being presented Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2010 in San Antonio.

In 1993-94, the average age of first stroke in the region was 71.3 years. That number dropped to 70.9 in 1999 and 68.4 by 2005.Meanwhile, the proportion of all strokes under age 45 was up to 7.3 percent in 2005 from 4.5 percent in 1993-94 and 5.5 percent in 1999.

The trend is scary and of great concern, says Brett Kissela, MD, the study’s lead author, who is Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at UC and a member of UCNI.  "It shows that stroke is not just a disease of the elderly."


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The UC Neuroscience Institute, a regional center of excellence, is dedicated to patient care, research, education, and the development of new treatments for stroke, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, traumatic brain and spinal injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, disorders of the senses (swallowing, voice, hearing, pain, taste and smell), and psychiatric conditions (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression).