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Strokes early

Researchers say more younger people are having strokes. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Mary George saw this in data on people ages 15 to 44. She says hospitalizations for ischemic stroke – the most common form – went up by 30 to 37 percent.

George also saw increases in conditions that raise the risk of ischemic stroke:

``High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, and heavy alcohol consumption were among the most common coexisting conditions.’’ (11 seconds)

George says it’s surprising that stroke numbers are rising among young people, and young people should choose healthier lifestyles.

The study was in Annals of Neurology.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

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