The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 795,000 patients have a stroke every year - and one out of five of those are less than 55 years old. But there are steps you can take to help prevent a stroke.
"Stroke is a disruption of blood flow to the brain. This causes death of the brain cells we're dependent on in the blood flow, primarily for oxygen. The symptoms of a stroke are resulting from that - whatever that brain tissue was responsible for, be it strength or sensation or vision, that is what is lost and causes the symptoms of a stroke." And Freeman Dr. Jason Maxfield says a CDC report shows a big jump in cases of stroke from 1995 to 2008 among male patients up to 44 years old. "Coming up almost 50%. They also found risk factors usually found in older people are now found in younger people, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and tobacco use."
Maxfield says there are signals that indicate a stroke, which appear quite suddenly. "Usually one side of the body, weakness of an arm, weakness of a leg, numbness on one side of the body, drooping of the face, loss of vision to one side or out of one eye, there's also symptoms sudden confusion, vertigo." Some patients also experience problems with communicating - speaking themselves or understanding others. If you do experience any combination of these symptoms suddenly, you should seek treatment immediately.