Increasing number of younger people in Sweden die of stroke
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
The stroke illness, which was once thought to be an illness of the old,
is now turning its tide in Sweden. Increasingly, year after year, more
younger people in Sweden dies of stroke.
A new research from the University of Gothenburg shows after a review
of 400,000 cases since the late 1980s show the changes in the pattern
of the illness. This means that the news is good for the elderly, where
stroke cases have declined significantly since the late nineties, but
for the younger generation, the situation is getting worse.
Youths lifestyle could be contributing to increased stroke / Img: Scancomark
Among people aged 18-44 years, stroke cases increased by 1.5 percent
per year. In pure numbers, it is about 300 more cases per year in the
age group. The causes are not yet fully identified, but scientists
still know where to find the answers.
"It is very likely that it has to do with our lifestyle. If you start
smoking at a young age and do not exercise and become overweight, so it
is not particularly healthy," says Annika Rosengren, professor and
chief physician at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg, and one of
the researchers behind the study.
Even better technology, better detection of stroke, may have
contributed to the increase as those affected are quickly identified.
The worries now is that if the younger generation start having problems
just as they get older, it's disturbing, according to Professor Annika
Rosengren. "But it is important to point out the good news of our
study, the total number of stroke cases are declining on the whole,"
says Annika Rosengren.
by Scancomark.com Team