Strokes and good news rarely go hand in hand, but there is some! As it turns out, senior citizens are experiencing far fewer strokes than ever before. It’s part of a wonderful trend that’s seeing Americans live longer and healthier lives — and the medical community is forced to reconsider the way it defines “old age!”
An exciting new study shows that age-related illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and stroke are claiming fewer lives these days, thanks in large part to major advances in medical science. And along with that decline, experts say that 60 really might be the new 40 after all.
Exciting Medical Advances Reduce the Rate of Stroke
Researchers say that a few specific factors are responsible for the improvement:
- Fewer people smoke these days.
- Americans have renewed their commitment to healthy living, including diet and exercise.
- Improvements in prescription drugs have made statins and blood pressure medications more effective.
- Seniors are living more physically and mentally demanding lifestyles.
And just how much improvement are we talking about? Take a look at these incredible stats:
- Among people aged 60 to 64, only 7.7% have experienced a heart attack or stroke.
- Heart disease, cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other serious diseases are all down by nearly 50% in the over-60 set.
- Among all people suffering from a serious disease, the 50-and-up crowd comprises a smaller portion than ever.
The Risk of Stroke Remains a Real Threat
Good news is good news, and it ought to be celebrated. As stroke malpractice attorneys, we’re thrilled to see that fewer seniors are facing the horrible reality of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. But in embracing this encouraging new report, it’s important to remember that the risk of stroke hasn’t been eliminated. Far from it.
Healthy living can go a long way in preventing strokes. Likewise, it’s important to make sure that your hospital is one you can trust. Sadly, hospital malpractice remains an all-too-common cause of strokes in Florida. And as natural causes become increasingly less responsible for strokes, it’s likely that medical negligence will continue to account for a greater share of strokes, not only here in the Sunshine State but also all around the world.
If you or a loved one suffered a stroke and you believe that medical malpractice might have played a role, our office can help. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Kaire & Heffernan, LLC. We’re here for you.