Strokes on the rise among young people

September 1, 2011 2:59:21 PM PDT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people ages 15-to-44 hospitalized for stroke jumped by more than one-third between 1995 and 2008.

In the same period, researchers noted a rise in stroke among youth. They discovered that diabetes, cholesterol and tobacco use had also increased in adolescents and young adults experiencing stroke.

High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol are all risk factors for stroke.

Authors say people starting from a young age should be encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The report is published in the Annals of Neurology.