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When it comes to preventing strokes, we’re doing something right

A new population-based study from Denmark, where they keep tremendous health records on the entire population, which was published in the online issue of Neurology has concluded that people age 70 and older are having fewer strokes.

In contrast, the rate of stroke in people 49 and younger seems to have remained steady over the course of the 14-year-long study (2005-2018).

Why are fewer seniors having srokes?

Probably, the researchers guess, it’s because we’re doing a much better job at getting middle-agers and seniors to redue their risk factors for stroke, especially at treating noth atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure more aggressively, and perhaps smoking as well.

As for younger people, those risk factors are also important in younger age groups but younger people are probably not as aggressive at treating those risks.