What are Early Signs of Stroke in Young Men?

Some statistics showed that the numbers of stroke in young men are increasing. So, if you think that this brain attack is only associated with elderly men, it may be now slightly different than before. Knowing the early signs of stroke is one of the easy ways for prevention. Furthermore, you need to know that the prognosis of the problem is also closely associated with how fast a survivor gets the appropriate treatment after the onset of stroke symptoms appear.

Can a young man have it?

In gender, men are more likely to have stroke than women. In other words, most cases of this brain attack affect men. And if you are a man, you should completely know the risk factors that you have.

More risk factors mean higher chance for stroke to affect you, and this may occur earlier than average (typically it often affects people older than 65 years-old). Fortunately, there are also plenty of options you can follow to reduce the risk.

Losing weight (if you are overweight or obesity), boosting your physical activity level through a regular exercise, sticking with a well-balanced diet to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol normal, controlling your blood sugar as close to normal as possible (if you have diabetes), drinking alcohol moderately if you drink, and quitting smoking if you are a smoker – all these things are common lifestyle approaches you can follow to keep your risk low.

How common is it in young people?

In 1993-1994, stroke often affects people in the age of 71 years-old on average. But according to a research supported by the National Institutes of Health, the average age of patients with stoke in 2005 fell to 69 years-old.

image_illustration67And did you know that the cases of this brain attack in younger adults (younger than 55 years-old) were increasing more drastically up to 19 % in 2005 (from 13 % in 1993-1994). Even in the U.K, stroke occurrences in people younger than 65 years-old takes about 33.3 % of all cases – according to an outline released by the U.K Stroke Association, 2012.

The similar result was showed by a preliminary study published in the Annals of Neurology, 2011. This study is focused on 3 major groups of younger stroke survivors; ‘35 to 44 years-old’, ’15 to 34’, and even‘5 to 14’. The study showed that stroke that affects these age groups accounts about ‘ten percent’ of all cases.

So, what is the youngest person to have a stroke?

Although it is still more common in elderly, actually it can occur in kids and even babies. In other words, it can affect people of all ages, according to ‘FAQs about stroke’ written in the official site of Cleveland Clinic.

So if you have many risk factors of this serious health problem, take preventive steps immediately – don’t  wait until you get older than 55!

What are the early signs of stroke if it affects young men?

In general, the symptoms can be the same when it affects elderly people. The signs may include paralysis, dizziness followed with vertigo, trouble in walking, trouble in speech, or trouble in vision… Learn more on this section!

Like in elderly, the signs that appear also can vary from person to person – depending on which area of the brain is affected.

For instances, left-brain damage due to stroke is more associated with difficulty in speech and language. It often affects the right-side of the body – whereas right-brain damage is typically associated with physical problems that affect left side of the body and tends to cause vision problem instead of speech /language difficulties.

However, stroke also can cause problem on both sides of the body. Typically, this occurs when it affects a small part of the brain called brain stem. A serious brain-stem stroke can cause a condition called locked-in syndrome (a condition when you lose control on almost all parts of your body).

What is the most common type of stroke in young men?

In general, ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke that affects adults and older adults.

Ischemic type occurs when an artery or some arteries that carry blood to the brain cells were blocked. This discontinue supply of blood can make the brain cells begin to die.

But in younger adults, the hemorrhagic stroke is relatively more common than what happen in elderly.

Hemorrhagic type is a condition of when the discontinue blood supply to certain parts of the brain occurs due to bleeding /ruptured artery. It accounts about 40-50 of all strokes in younger adults, according to the U.K Stroke Association.

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