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More Children And Young Adults In U.S. Having Strokes

More children and young adults in the U.S. are having strokes, a new study reports, and those suffering typically have high blood pressure, diabetes and /or are obese. A stethoscope, shown above, is used to measure blood pressure.

More children and young adults in the U.S. are having strokes, a new study reports, and those suffering typically have high blood pressure, diabetes and /or are obese. A stethoscope, shown above, is used to measure blood pressure.

Scientists have come out with some frightening statistics about the rate of strokes in children and adults in the United States, blaming the increase of about a third in under 10 years on the unhealthy lifestyles of the 5 to 44 year olds whose data they analyzed.

Researchers said that many of these stroke victims had higher blood pressures than normal as well as diabetes and many were overweight. They also found that many were in the older age groups were smokers.

Dr. Lorna Layward of the Stroke Association in the United Kingdom said that “”People usually associate strokes with older people, but a quarter of all strokes happen to people of working age, and around 400 children have a stroke every year in the UK.” She added “This research emphasizes the need for people to be aware that stroke can affect younger people, and for all of us, regardless of our age, to check our blood pressure and adopt a healthy lifestyle.”

According to the American Heart Association, AHA, strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States stroke, with over 85 per cent being caused by an ischemic stroke, or in other words blood clots.

The warning signs of stroke include a sudden loss of strength and numbness in the face, arms or legs, trouble speaking or vision problems, sudden headaches and dizziness or sudden loss of balance. These warning signs may be temporary, but if anyone you know has these symptoms they should get medical help immediately.

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