Number of UK Strokes Expected to Rise by 44% in next 20 Years
King’s College London study shows that the number of strokes in the UK are predicted to increase by nearly half
King’s College London conducted a study which found that due to the ageing population in the UK, the number of strokes is estimated to increase by 44%. The study analysed data from 35 European countries and found that by 2035, the number of strokes is expected to rise across the whole continent by 34%.
It is thought that over the same period, the number of stroke survivors will increase by a third, causing concern over the already strained NHS and social care services.
Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, Alexis Wieroniey, agreed that the findings were worrying however explained that there are ways of preventing the risk:
“The predicted rise in the burden of stroke is largely due to our ageing population, as the risk of having a stroke increases as you get older. It is a worrying forecast, but it is not inevitable.
“Most strokes are preventable and everyone can take steps to lower their risk of stroke as they get older. Obesity can increase your risk of stroke by at least 64%. However, simple lifestyle changes like eating healthier meals, taking regular exercise and stopping smoking, along with checking your blood pressure regularly, can greatly reduce your risk.”