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Baby Boomers' Stroke Risk Lower than Gen X's

Baby Boomers' Stroke Risk Lower than Gen X's

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By    |   Monday, 28 November 2016 04:11 PM

You may think that Baby Boomers are at higher risk of stroke than the younger Gen X’ers, but you would be wrong, a new study shows.

According to a new study, older baby boomers – those born between 1945 and 1954 – can proudly boast that they are the "stroke-healthiest generation."

The study found that the lowest incidence of ischemic stroke – the most common type – is in this age group within the past 20 years. In contrast, the rate of stroke more than doubled in Generation X, people born between 1965 and 1974, during the same time period, say the researchers at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Township, N.J.

"The incidence of stroke has decreased significantly overall since 1950, due to the advancement of medicine, however, we found that trend to be reversing in younger generations where obesity and diabetes are likely causing an increase in cardiovascular disease," says lead author Dr. Joel N. Swerdel.

The researchers analyzed more than 225,000 records of stroke data between 1995 and 2014, separated into five groups, each with a 10-year age span.

The analyses found that persons born in the 20 years before 1945 and those born in the 20 years after 1954 had higher risks of stroke.

Only the group who are now between 60 and 70 years of age saw a reduction in the incidence of stroke during the range of years included in the study.

The researchers contribute the upward trend to several factors, including the lack of adherence to prescribed treatment, such as taking medicine to control blood-pressure, and a significant increase in obesity and the prevalence of diabetes, both risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

Although the data only included people in New Jersey, the researchers believe the trend is reflected nationwide.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

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