Young Stroke Support Group! Empowering younger stroke survivors and their families to reclaim their lives and ambitions through active support!
The good news: The overall incidence of stroke is decreasing.
The bad news: Strokes are increasing for people between 20 and 54 years of age.
Recent studies looking at stroke trends find that this is particularly prevalent in the United States. A study was published in the October10, 2012 online issue of Neurology® which looked at “first ever strokes” in the Greater Cincinnati area between 1999 and 2005. They found that the mean age of stroke decreased from 71 years to 69 years, and the rate of stroke in the 20 to 54 age range increased from about 13 percent to 19 percent.
There are many different suspected links to the physiological reasons for this, but the biggest differences between “old age” strokes and “young age” strokes is recovery. A stroke in a young person can mean a loss of many productive years and a lifetime of recovery since a 30 year old has a better rate of recovery than an 80 years old. Not only physical, but emotional needs are different for this age group compared to older strokes. Dating, marriage, intimate relationships, working, raising children are all aspects affected by a stroke in a young person’s life.