Science Snippet: Are Strokes Becoming Less Prevalent?


Scientists analyzed data on stroke hospitalizations and deaths in a group of 14,357 people enrolled in a long-term heart study (from 1987 to 2011). They found that the incidence of stroke in individuals 65 and older has been declining for the last 20 years. They suggested that a drop in smoking and the use of blood-pressure and statin medications may have played a role in the decline. (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 16, 2014; Mind, Mood & Memory, Mass. General Hospital, Oct., 2014)

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