Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stroke rates are declining

Article: Stroke Rates Are Declining

Another intriguing article that I will just quote.
The incidence of stroke in the United States has declined significantly over the past two decades, a new analysis has found.

The decreases were apparent in people older than 65, the most common age group for stroke, and were similar in men and women and in blacks and whites.

Researchers followed 14,357 people, ages 45 to 64 at the start of the study, from 1987 to 2011. After accounting for coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, statin use and other factors, they found that the incidence of stroke decreased by about 50 percent over the period of the study, and stroke deaths by about 40 percent.

Smoking cessation and better treatment of hypertension and high cholesterol accounted for part of the decrease...

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