Brain and Spine Care
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Strokes can happen to anyone at any time—regardless of their age.
Strokes are on the rise in younger adults, according to the American Stroke Association. Over the past decade, there has been a 44% increase in the number of younger people hospitalized due to stroke.
“Approximately 10 to 15% of all strokes now occur in people 18 to 50 years of age. Meanwhile, there has been a reduction in stroke incidence in those over 65 years of age,” says Dr. Timothy Schoonover, stroke medical director for Kettering Health.
Although unknown, the increase is thought to be associated with inactivity, obesity, and drug use, which have increased as well during the pandemic.
Lower your risk
Up to 25% of strokes in younger people occur due to an injury to an artery feeding the brain, causing bleeding into the artery wall and reducing the blood flow.
When you suspect a stroke, act quickly and get to the nearest hospital. Use the acronym “Be Fast” to look for symptoms:
- Balance – sudden loss of balance or coordination
- Eyes – sudden vision loss in one or both eyes and having double vision
- Face – drooping on one side of the face
- Arms – sudden weakness in one arm or leg
- Speech – slurring or difficulty speaking or understanding words
- Time – quickly call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms.
Not only can strokes be deadly, but they can also have lasting effects.
“Strokes often cause permanent disability and up to 45% of young people who suffer a stroke are unable to return to work,” Dr. Schoonover says.
According to the American Heart Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices.