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Stopping Stroke In Its Tracks: Stroke Rates Down In U.S.

Over the past two decades, stroke rates have decreased significantly in the U.S., an article published in The New York Times’ Well Blog reports. A report in JAMA investigated 14,357 people ages 45 to 64, finding that from 1987 to 2011, stroke rates decreased by roughly 50 percent over the course of the study, and stroke deaths decreased by about 40 percent. The senior author of the study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggested several factors that contributed to these results, such as smoking cessation, improved medical care, more rigorous control of risk factors, and better treatment for high cholesterol and hypertension. However, he said, increased diabetes prevalence contributed to higher stroke risk.

Read the article published in The New York Times’ Well Blog.