It’s Getting More And More Prevalent

 Stroke is more prevalent in older people than in the younger generation. But according to statistics, people aged 25-44 have already suffered from some kind of stroke. Age usually is a major risk factor for having stroke coupled with someone’s lifestyle.

According to a 25-year study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, some people already experienced a stroke as early as age 25. There is also a geographical significance as well, with people from Sub-Saharan Africa having the lowest cases.

Because of this, more researchers and doctors advocate people to have a heart-healthy diet and they also have to increase their physical activity as well.

One of the most common types of stroke is the Ischemic Stroke and it is characterized by blood restriction to the brain due to clots.

Although it was found out that the younger generation is now more susceptible to having a stroke, the older generation has actually had their cases dropped considerably by about 30%. I am talking about people aged 65 and above.

Despite the rising numbers in stroke cases among young adults, it is important to note that this is nothing to be worried about (at least in the statistics).

According to Noor Sachdev, M.D, a neurologist with Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, said that there is nothing that has changed dramatically when it comes to increased cases in strokes for all age groups.

If anything, the rise may have been contributed to the fact that there are now more young people going to their doctors to have their bodies (and minds) in check.

 

Better Education

I think that the “rise” of stroke cases in young adults is due to the fact that the younger generation is already more aware of the symptoms and the effects of stroke. That is why they go to their doctors more readily should they experience any of the most common symptoms.

Furthermore, the American Heart Association along with the American Stroke Association have worked hand and hand to further educate people about strokes and heart disease.

What are the warning signs of a stroke? Here are some:

  • Having troubles speaking
  • Severe headaches
  • Vision loss/ impairment
  • Numbness on one side of the body
  • Loss of balance/ Lack of coordination

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from stroke, it would be best that you call an emergency number like 911 so that you will get the help that you need.

 

How Do You Prevent Stroke?

The best way to prevent stroke is to take care of your diet and nutrition. You want to eat foods that are “heart healthy” and you also want to couple that with good physical activity as well. You can do resistance training like lifting weights or you can do simple aerobic exercises like walking and running as well. All of these actually helps with other medical conditions as well such as losing weight, reducing the likelihood of heart diseases, premature ejaculation, diabetes, etc.

It is also important to note that high blood pressure may also contribute to an increased risk of stroke. So, it would be best that you do frequent testing to ensure that you have everything in check.