Stroke Not Just for the Elderly

If you think strokes are only for the elderly, think again! Researchers have observed that first stroke among patients 20-54 has increased from 12.9% to 18.6% in a decade (P = .002). Although this is an observational study from data in Ohio and Kentucky, it suggests that the younger population is experiencing higher rates. Stroke risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, CHD, and smoking. Each of those factors can largely be controlled by personal lifestyle choices.

PositiveTip: Don’t wait until a stroke strikes. Begin making healthy choices today.