Every year in the United States, stroke affects nearly eight hundred thousand people and millions of caregivers. Despite the large number of incidences of stroke, it remains a highly misunderstood malady with many misconceptions. Stroke can affect the young as well as the old, and warning signs are often overlooked.
In a study published earlier this year in JAMA Neurology, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that in a nine-year span from 2003 to 2012 there was a 32 percent spike in strokes among 18- to 34-year-old women and a 15 percent increase for men in the same range.
Scientific American’s analysis sought to dig deeper into the data by exploring whether the stroke trend differed by location.