Stroke rates among younger generation expected to increase

The Heart and Stroke Foundation expects stroke cases to rise in the 24-54 age group over the next 15 years

Over the past decade, more people in their 50's and 60's are suffering strokes according to a new report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

In 10 years, there's been a 24 percent spike among people in their 50's and a 13 percent increase for people in their 60's, but the worst may be yet to come.

Other studies warn strokes among those between the ages of 24-54, could double in 15 years' time.

If you are overweight and don't eat properly, you are at risk but experts say that even those at a normal weight are at risk if they aren't getting any physical activity in their daily lives.

"You've got got to move to live," a Heart and Stroke spokesperson tells the Globe and Mail.

Still, the foundation's 2014 report on strokes states that treatments are improving overall and death rates from strokes are declining. However, there is concern that with the aging population, those advances could be set back.

The foundation is reminding you about the five main signs of a stroke that shouldn't be ignored if they don't go away in a few minutes: sudden muscle weakness in arm, face or leg; sudden loss of vision, sudden and severe headache, trouble speaking, or sudden loss of balance.

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