New research indicates that the rate of people experiencing a stroke prior to the age of 55 has increased in recent years. The average age of people experiencing a first-time stroke has dropped by nearly 2.5 years between 2000 and 2012. The study indicates that while the overall stroke rate in the U.S. has decreased, more younger people are suffering strokes.
Strokes are a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is troubling is that when younger people suffer a stroke, the impact on public health may be more profound, according to the study. When a younger person suffers a stroke, the researchers say that the victim may be disabled for a longer period of time and thus require greater medical and financial support.