Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Remember stroke prevention - even for the young

One more reason to reduce stroke risks. The story is about as stroke risk rises among younger adults, so does early death:
New data show that younger stroke survivors are at great risk of premature death. Within two decades, 1 in 5 stroke survivors will die, according to a study in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The death rate is even higher among those with the most common kind of stroke, caused by a blood clot in the brain.
Dr. Frank-Erik de Leeuw of Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, who led the study, says the results surprised the research team.
"We had the impression that [younger stroke survivors] were doing quite well," de Leeuw tells Shots. "But now that we have followed all of them — and also the patients who didn't show up in our outpatient clinic anymore — it turns out that their prognosis was poor. To me, it was a true surprise."
This isn't intended to scare people needlessly. It is yet another wakeup call for stroke prevention by addressing stroke risk factors. I'm closing in on 15 years after my stroke at the "young" age of 39. This story adds more motivation to watch my own health.

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