Beware, Stroke Threatens Young People
A study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology revealed that one in five stroke patients are aged under 55 years old. This is a serious concern because generally stroke begin to strike those aged 65 years and over.
The study involved 1.3 million respondents in the United States from 1993-2005. At the end of the study, 19 percent of which were detected to experience stroke before the age of 55 years old. This figure jumped by about six percent compared to the case in 1993.
“The reason underlying this condition apparently associated with increased risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol,” said study author Dr. Brett Kissela, as quoted by BBC.
Dr David Werring, a neurologist from University College London, said: “Stroke is usually considered a disease of older people, but this study reminds us that young people also should also need to be vigilant.”
Dr Clare Walton of the UK Stroke Association agreed not to underestimate the findings of the study. Immediate action is needed to prevent a surge in cases of stroke among young people. The most convenient way is by promoting a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk factors.
For example, keep a balanced diet, regular exercise, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels regular check. “Remember a stroke that probably is only a few minutes can lead to serious long-term disability,” he said.