Health News: Strokes Before 50

Adults 50 and younger who experienced a stroke had a significantly higher risk of death in the following 20 years compared with the general population, according to a study in JAMA.

Strokes kill six million people annually worldwide, and 10 percent of strokes occur in people under 50. Limited data exist on long-term prognosis after stroke in people from 18 to 50. The study showed an excess in mortality compared with the general population (in which half of deaths were attributable to a vascular cause), even decades after stroke. “This may suggest that the underlying (vascular) disease that caused the stroke at a relatively young age continues to put these patients at an increased risk for vascular disease throughout their lives.”