Stroke Awareness

Stroke—It Can Happen to Anyone!

May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month, and this year, the campaign is highlighting the growing number of stroke incidents among young people. Through the years, stroke has been known to happen only to people who are 65 years or older. While it is true that stroke risk increases with age, stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. In fact, statistics show that there is a 44% increase in the number of young Americans that were hospitalized due to stroke in the last decade.

Common causes of stroke in young people:

  • Heart problems such as heart disease, heart valve abnormalities, hole in the heart, etc.
  • Drug use
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Diseases of the arteries

It can be especially difficult when stroke happens among the younger population because many of them don’t really recognize their symptoms or would just simply ignore them. The effects are also significantly greater when it comes to young stroke since they have to live with the debilitating physical effects for a longer period of time, resulting in financial challenges. It is estimated that the lifetime cost of a stroke in a young adult is over $500,000.

Young People Common Stroke Symptoms

In a stroke incident, time is your friend. That’s why no matter what your age is, it’s important to know what to look for in case of a stroke so the victim may be treated urgently. The National Stroke Association recommends that you use F.A.S.T. to remember the warning signs of stroke.

F.A.S.T. stands for the following:

  • F is Face- Does one side of the face droop?
  • A is for Arm- Does one arm drift downward or feels numb?
  • S is for Speech- Is the victim’s speech slurred or incoherent?
  • T is for Time- If you have observed any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you live by yourself, recognizing the different symptoms of stroke can be especially crucial. Listen to your body and never ignore the warning signs. Remember, it’s better to have gone to the hospital and find out that there’s nothing wrong with you than suffer the consequences because you were too late.

Show Your Support for This Campaign

There are many activities on stroke awareness that you can participate in to show your support not just this May but all throughout the year. The website of the National Stroke Association has created ready-to-use messages that you can post on your social media sites including a special profile picture or banner that you can share among your network. You may also check out some of the different local events near you that are geared towards raising stroke awareness.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.