Stroke becoming bigger problem for Americans

May 28, 2013 9:20:49 AM PDT
Stroke is expected to take a huge toll on the U.S. health care system in the coming years.

The number of people having strokes may increase 20 percent in the next 17 years.

A new study published in the journal Stroke cites the aging population as the main reason for the projected increase. RResearchers estimate that nearly 1 in 25 American adults will have a stroke. Those ages 45 to 64 are expected to have the highest increase.

Also, costs to treat stroke are expected to rise from $71 billion in 2010 to $183 billion in 2030.