Over the course of a decade, the mortality of strokes has halved in England.
In men, overall death rates dropped from 140 per 100,000 people in 2001, to 74 per 100,000 people in 2010. In women, they decreased from 128 per 100,000 to 72 per 100,000.
While the overall number of strokes dropped by around 20 per cent over the decade, there was a rise of 2 per cent every year among people aged 35 to 54 years old.
“The increase in stroke event rates in young adults is a concern,” the University of Oxford team said. “This suggests that stroke prevention needs to be strengthened to reduce the occurrence of stroke in people younger than 55 years.”
Journal reference: British Medical Journal