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Number of Middle-Age Stroke Victims Soars

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 03:13 PM

The number of strokes occurring in middle-aged people is soaring, says Britain's Stroke Association, which blames the rise on obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

The number of strokes striking men between the ages of 40 and 54 has risen by almost 50 percent in less than 15 years. The number of women admitted to the hospital following a stroke increased by 30 percent.

"These figures show that stroke can no longer be seen as a disease of older people," said Jon Barrick, chief executive of the U.K. charity Stroke Association. "There is an alarming increase in the numbers of people having a stroke in working age. This comes at a huge cost, not only to the individual, but also to their families and to health and social care services.

"The simple truth is that we must do more to raise people’s awareness of risk factors, to help prevent them from having a stroke," he continued. "With many more stroke patients now receiving emergency medical treatment, we also need the right health and social care services available. People must have the support they need to make the best possible recovery and avoid having to cope for decades with the disabilities that stroke can bring."

The Stroke Association warns that the increase in people of working age suffering strokes mean the financial impact will increase since many stroke survivors are unable to return to work.

A study found that businesses were largely uneducated regarding the side effects of stroke, as well as its symptoms. Just one in 20 employers recognized cognitive difficulties as a symptom of stroke, and 42 percent said they would be concerned that an employee might have problems doing their job.


"Having a stroke is bad enough, but being written off by your employer through a lack of understanding can be catastrophic," said Barrick. "Businesses play a crucial role in helping stroke survivors get back into the workplace and on the road to recovery. That's why we're calling on employers to be aware of the physical and emotional impact of stroke."

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain.

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