Actor Luke Perry’s death after suffering a stroke at age 52 highlights something doctors want to make sure everyone knows: A stroke can strike at any age.
“From infants, to teenagers, to adults,” said Andy Grande, Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Neurosurgery. Grande says he’s personally seen stroke patients in their 20’s.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people 55 and older have the greatest risk, but that doesn’t mean people younger than that should ignore symptoms.
According to research published in medical journal JAMA Neurology, stroke hospitalization rates for people 35 to 44 increased significantly from 2003 to 2012. Women in that group were up 30 percent, while men were up about 40 percent.
The increase might be attributed to more people going to the doctor when symptoms occur.
“I think the prevalence of stroke is in the media more, so I think more people are paying attention to it,” said Grande.
But Grande and representatives with the Minnesota Stroke Association still say awareness of strokes at all ages is needed.
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