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30% increase in ‘young stroke’ incidence in HK | Control vascular risk factors such as hypertension


HKU Stroke found that the incidence of ‘young stroke’ (strokes occurring in individuals aged 18 to 55 years) has increased by 30% in Hong Kong from 2001 to 2021.

Research showed a significant portion of young stroke patients were diagnosed with one of ‘3 Highs’ (high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol). Also, in a cohort study of 280+ apparently healthy individuals, their average sodium intake was 2-3 times that of the recommended amount of WHO, amongst which 40% of them were diagnosed with hypertension. Sodium intake was also directly correlated with blood pressure and projected stroke risk.

‘These alarming findings call for stronger awareness of stroke, especially among the younger generations,’ commented Dr. Gary Lau Kui-kai, Director of HKU Stroke, who leads the study. He added that lifestyle modifications and healthy eating habits could effectively control vascular risk factors of stroke. A ‘3 Lows 1 High’ (low salt, low sugar, low lipid, high fibre) diet, regular exercise and smoking cessation are strongly recommended for stroke prevention.

Finally, the “FAST” slogan is commonly used to remind the community of the symptoms of stroke and what to do when stroke is suspected. Earlier treatment for stroke is associated with better chances of recovery and complications prevention.

For more information, please check out HKU Press Release:

HKU Stroke website offers dietary tips and nutritious recipes for ‘3 Highs’ and other conditions. Let’s adopt a healthy diet to better control for risk factors of stroke and vascular diseases!

HKU Stroke website dietary tips and nutritious recipes:

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