Strokes are often thought of as something that happens to older people. But an alarming new study finds people are having strokes at younger ages.
A stroke occurs when blood stops going to the brain. Some are mild, but often a stroke can be debilitating, affecting speech and movement, and that sets up younger victims for a longer time of disability.
But all too often, people are choosing artery-clogging foods and banishing the workout, putting them on the path for a debilitating stroke. But a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet and exercise, can go a long way in helping to prevent strokes.
Now a study in the online issue of Neurology has found strokes are becoming more common in people at a younger age.
More people 55 and younger are having strokes, climbing about 6% over 11 years, making this spike particularly alarming is when strokes strike at a younger age, it often translates to a longer time of disability.
The study’s author says given the increase in stroke among those younger than 55, younger adults should see a doctor regularly to monitor their overall health and risk for stroke and heart disease.