Stroke Prevention and Recovery in Younger People

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Continuation from our last post on Stroke In Younger People

It’s been a beautiful day, especially after the Christmas holidays, resuming back to work or school is like…

‘oh no can this holiday be longer’??‍♂️

So let’s get back to the talk of the day ‘STROKE & YOUNGER PEOPLE

Today will be about Prevention and Recovery

“If you accept that stroke is increasing in people under age 45, one big reason is probably obesity,” says Dr Russman.

 “Obesity in children and teens is up in America, and that increases the lifetime risk for stroke.

Obesity increases the risk of high blood pressurehigh cholesterol, and diabetes. These are all important stroke risk factors at any age.”

It’s never a bad time to employ these stroke prevention strategies:

  1. Work with your doctor to identify underlying diseases.
  2. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  4. Start controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol at an early age.
  5. Recognize and control diabetes.
  6. Avoid alcohol, drugs, and smoking.

One of the big differences between stroke in older people and younger people is recovery

Stroke in young people can mean a lifetime of recovery and a loss of many productive years. “About 15 to 30 per cent of people who have a stroke have some long-term disability.

The good news is that a 30-year-old has a better rate of recovery than an 80-year-old because of better brain plasticity,” the brain’s ability to adjust and learn new skills.

A review article on ischemic stroke recovery in young adults, published in the journal Stroke Research and Treatment, found that recovery is much better for younger people than for older adults. 

Here are some findings from the research reviewed in the article:

  • Survival is more than 90 per cent at five years compared with 40 per cent for old age stroke.
  • Ninety per cent are able to live independently compared with about 40 per cent of old-age stroke.
  • 50 to 70 per cent are able to return to work after a stroke.
  • Five-year stroke recurrence rates are half what they are for the elderly (15 per cent vs. 30 per cent). 

“The key to managing stroke in young people is to identify and treat the underlying causes.

Reducing risk factors, just as in older stroke, is the key to preventing a first stroke or a recurrent stroke…

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