More Young Adults Are Now Prone To Stroke


Family members visit Intensive Care patient Kama Khattar at Westmead Hospital March 12, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Each year, around 148,000 people are admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU's) across Australia and New Zealand with 86% of adults and 97% of children surviving after being admitted. ICU teams care for people who are critically ill with major illnesses, and injuries such as heart attack, pneumonia, stroke, traffic accidents, burns, trauma, organ transplant and complicated surgery. The Intensive Care Foundation will in April hold an appeal to raise money and community awareness of the work achieved in ICU's across Australasia. (Photo : Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Stroke is something familiar to most and normally it would come in latter stage of life. However that fact may be up for debate now with recent studies seeing a sharp rise in stroke-related incidents particularly in young teens.

There are a lot of factors likely tied up to it like lifestyle preferences or being overweight. Physical inactivity, high blood pressure and cholesterol are other potential reasons though there are ways to remedy that.

The problem is that the whole issue is rising at an alarming rate, affecting younger adults and even children.

"We have kids that are 10 years old that already have high blood pressure," said Marci Wilson, Seton Hospital Stroke Outreach Coordinator. "If you're starting to see this in this young group of children, you can imagine 10, 15, 20 years from now."

But how does one spot stroke before it eventually happens? How does one know that he or she is having one? Here are some signs you may want to take note of:

Face numbness
Arm weakness
Speech difficulty

Bear in mind that these can happen at any time. In fact, they may already be occurring at times when people think of them as merely something common in their daily lives. If unsure, it would be best to drop by the hospital or touch base with a doctor to make sure. Continue reading

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