PhillyVoice: Brain bleeds on the rise in older seniors, but blood thinners may be preventing fatal strokes at earlier ages

The frequency of brain bleeds has stabilized among most age groups over the last three decades, but not among seniors 75 and older, according to a new analysis of the Framingham Heart Study.

“We are not advocating that people stop taking statins or anticoagulants,” senior study author and neurologist Dr. Sudha Seshadri said in a statement. “Those therapies reduce the risk of ischemic strokes, which represent approximately nine of every 10 strokes, with intracerebral hemorrhages representing the other tenth.”

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