Tuesday, September 06, 2011

More Young Adults And Teens Being Treated For Stroke, USA

According to an investigation conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1995 and 2008, ischemic stroke hospitalization rates rose up to 37% in adolescents and young adults aged between 15 to 44 years. The findings, reported in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society, reveal a rise in the rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders and tobacco use among individuals in this age group during the 14-year investigation period.

In the U.S. stroke is the third leading cause of death, The American Heart Association reports. 87% of all cases are connected to ischemic stroke, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked by blood clots, or there is a build-up of fatty deposits called plaque (atherosclerosis) inside blood vessels. Previous investigations state stroke in adolescents and young adults makes up for 5% to 10% of all stroke cases, as well as being one of the top ten causes of death in childhood.

The researchers suggest that in order to avoid stroke, adolescents, their guardians, and young adults can help by preventing and controlling hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol, eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, foods low in sodium and saturated fat, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity and not smoking.

Read more at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/233862.php

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