There has been a marked increase in the numbers of working-age men and women who suffer a stroke since the beginning of this century, according to the Stroke Association’s report based on official NHS statistics.
There were 6,221 stroke-related hospital admissions involving men, aged between 40-54 in England in 2014, which represents an increase of 1,961 on the number (4,260) 14 years earlier.
Similarly, there were an extra 1,075 strokes recorded in 2014 in women, aged between 40-54 in England in 2014, compared with the number in 2000. 4,604 women in this age group had a stroke in 2014.
Hospital admissions data indicates a 25% increase in the number of people, aged 20 to 64, who suffered a stroke between 2000 and 2014.
On the other hand, UK deaths from strokes has fallen from 87,974 in 1990 to 40,282 in 2013, due largely to better public awareness of stroke symptoms – for example thanks to the Act Fast Campaign – and better treatment.
Mundasad, S. (2015). Strokes rising among people of working age, warns charity. London: BBC Health News, May 12th 2015.