Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More strokes are striking the young

A frightening story from The New York Times - strokes rising Among children and young adults:
More young people and adults in their 30s and 40s are being hospitalized for stroke, even as stroke rates are dropping in older people, new data show.

The findings, reported ... at the American Stroke Association conference in Dallas, may be a sign that that rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure among teenagers and young adults are taking a toll.

Or it may simply be that physicians have improved their diagnosis and reporting of stroke in young people during the past decade.
 While the reasons are still up in the air, it is clear that  the young and old need to know the stroke signs and symptoms, and we all need to improve stroke prevention.

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