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Stroke rates declined in older adults of Denmark


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People age 70 and older are having fewer strokes, and fewer people of all ages are dying from the disease.

Found declines in both ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Used national health care registries in Denmark to identify all people with a first-time stroke between 2005 and 2018.

Incidence rate of stroke in people 49 and younger remained steady.

Stroke rates in people in their 50s were stable, with most of the decline in people age 70 and older.

“..associated with better treatment of stroke risk factors, as well as falling smoking rates,” - Henrik Toft Sørensen, study author.

Death rates declined in both younger and older people.

“Improvements in survival rates are consistent with improvements in stroke care,” - Sørensen.

“while mild strokes increased, the most severe cases declined,” - Sørensen.

Data did not allow researchers to examine trends in some subtypes of stroke.

Results may not be the same for populations in other countries.

Research published in the Journal Neurology.

With the improvements in awareness and better patient care, death rates and incidence of stroke decreased

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Neurology is the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology