One in four people over age 25 has significant stroke risk

Globally, one in four people over age 25 has significant stroke risk during their lifetime. Researchers found a nearly five-fold difference in lifetime stroke risk worldwide, with the highest risk in East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, and lowest in sub-Saharan Africa.  The study results are published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The lifetime stroke risk for 25-year-olds in 2016 ranged from 8% to 39%, depending on where they live; people in China have the highest risk. The study estimated lifetime stroke risk starting at age 25, covering 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2016 by age and sex.

Highest risk of stroke in East Asia
Using estimates from the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD), researchers found that in 2016, the three regions with the highest estimated lifetime risk of stroke were East Asia (38.8%), Central Europe (31.7%), and Eastern Europe (31.6%); the region with the lowest risk was eastern sub-Saharan Africa (11.8%).

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Source: MediBulletin | December 21, 2018

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