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Ischaemic stroke in younger adults is increasing, US study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1815 (Published 11 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1815
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The number of younger adults admitted to hospital with acute ischaemic stroke has increased considerably over the past few years, shows a US study, which found that the increase was associated with traditional risk factors including hypertension and obesity.1

Stroke mortality has decreased substantially over the past 20 years, but this trend has been seen mainly in older adults. Over the same period stroke incidence and hospital admissions increased in …

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