Decreased smoking rates and increased use of blood pressure and cholesterol medications drive the improvement.
New findings from a long-term cohort study show that the incidence of stroke in the United States over the past 30 years continues to drop in people age 65 and over. The research, published online in September 2019 in JAMA Neurology, found that the consistent reduction of stroke that began in the late 1980s has continued from the years 2011 through 2017 for both men and women and in black and white individuals.
“This latest report demonstrates that we continue to make significant headway in reducing the risk of first stroke in the general population,” says Eugene L. Scharf, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved with this paper. “Those of us in the stroke community are very excited by this news because it shows us that what we do every day in regard to stroke prevention and treatment matters and, even more important, is having an effect.”