Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Strokes don’t just threaten the old

Mine happened at the "young" age of 39 to a longtime distance runner, non-smoker - everyone needs to know about the signs and symptoms and know what to do.

A recent Washington Post story about how strokes don’t just threaten the old; strokes among younger people are on the rise

"Nobody’s invincible,” warns Dr. Ralph Sacco, a University of Miami neurologist and past president of the American Heart Association.
Every year, about 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. While some strokes are caused by bleeding in the brain, most are like a clogged pipe. Called ischemic strokes, a clot blocks blood flow, starving brain cells to death unless that circulation is restored fast.
Make no mistake, the vast majority of strokes do occur in older adults. But up to a quarter of them strike people younger than 65, Sacco says.
In the so-called stroke belt in the Southeast, that figure can be markedly worse. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, a stunning 45 percent of stroke patients are young or middle-aged, says stroke center director Dr. Cheryl Bushnell."

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