Heart attack and stroke risks 'higher for older adults'

Heart attack and stroke risks 'higher for older adults'

New research has shown older adults are more likely to experience a heart attack or a stroke.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found many Hispanic and Latino adults living in the US were at a greater risk of having a stroke or a heart attack.

Study co-author James Knight, professor of psychology, medicine and psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the University of Miami (UM), stated longer residence in the US was also shown to increase disease risk.

"The findings reported today in JAMA show that there are some important differences in risk factors among people from diverse Hispanic backgrounds," the UM expert said.

Some 16,415 randomly selected Hispanic adults living in Miami, Chicago, New York's Bronx and San Diego took part in the study.

Thousands of older adults in the UK may be risking experiencing a stroke as they have missed the signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack , a Stroke Association report recently said.

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