Usually the occurrence of a stroke takes place in people over the age of 65. According to a recent report, young people are now at a high risk for the condition.
Published in the journal of Neurology, the consensus report analyzed the management of stroke in people between ages 15-44 in the US.
This analysis revealed that 15% of the most common type of strokes occur in young people. More young people are also showing higher risk factors for strokes.
Figures reveal that between 532,000 and 852,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 have had a stroke in the US.
Statistics show that US hospital discharges for strokes among people between 15 and 44 years of age increased from 23% in 1995/96 to 53% in 2007/08.
Eighty-five percent of all strokes are ischemic which is caused by blockages that restrict blood flow to the brain.
The risk factors for ischemic strokes are higher for young people. The risks include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and congenital heart disease.
There has been limited public health efforts to address the issue of strokes in young people today.
Due to lack of awareness, early diagnoses of the condition remains challenging.
Researchers know that the issue needs to be addressed by making young people more aware of the risks and effects of a stroke.