Advances in Stroke: Population Studies 2013

January 15, 2014

The population burden of stroke mortality continues to plummet in developed countries. For example, in the United States, among the 30 leading causes of death the 37% decline in age-adjusted stroke deaths between 1990 and 2010 was only exceeded by a 68% decline from HIV/AIDS, a 44% decline from ischemic heart disease, and a 39% decline from lower respiratory tract infections.1 However, data from the US Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Study suggest that between 1993/1994 and 2005 stroke rates are falling only for those aged ≥55 years, and there has been a 55% (83/100 000→128/100 000) increase for blacks aged 20 to 54 years, and a 92% (26/100 00→48/100 000) increase for whites of the same age. Read More