Stroke in Young Adults

Stroke usually occurs in people over the age of 65. However, a recent report recognizes the increase in strokes in young adults. Overall, 15% of strokes occur in people 15-44 years of age in the US. The consensus report appeared in the journal ‘Neurology’ in September, 2013. (see below)

US hospital discharges for strokes among people between the ages of 15 and 44 increased from 23% in 1995/96 to 53% in 2007/08. These younger people have a harder time adjusting to the impact of a stroke.  At 10 years out from the stroke, they are likely to need assistance with daily living.   Early diagnosis and education of the general public are key factors in preventing loss of function.

Article: Neurology. 2013 Sep 17;81(12):1089-97. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a4a451. Epub 2013 Aug 14.Recognition and management of stroke in young adults and adolescents.

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