A surprising 75 percent of Young Americans under age 45 STILL do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke!

Young Bright Minds at Risk


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post by David Dansereau-Know-Stroke.org

To make matter worse, many of the participants in a recent survey on stroke warning signs admit they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode to see if things got better on their own.  This “wait and see” approach could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

stroke911knowstrokeorgThe stroke survey was commissioned by the Ronald Reagan- University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.  That national survey included responses from 1,009 people, 466 of whom were under 45. Without understanding the danger of the symptoms, the vast majority of those younger people surveyed, 74 percent, say that they wouldn’t seek immediate help.

Dr. David Liebeskind, a professor of neurology and director of the neurovascular imaging research core at UCLA is not surprised by the statistics. “They are in line with what we’ve been seeing,” Liebeskind says. Many younger people dismiss telling symptoms because they think that stokes only occur in the elderly. While they may be more common as people age, “we see them at any age from birth till 105,” Liebeskind says.

Making matter worse, studies have suggested that strokes among people under 45 have increased by as much as 53 percent since the 1990s.

A surprising 75 percent of Americans under age 45 do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Even more disturbing, many say they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode.  Denial is partly why young people don’t seek immediate treatment. Strokes often don’t “Hurt” like a broken arm or heart attack where people need to get help right away.  Symptoms of stroke can be misinterpreted as a headache from stress, a hangover from too much drinking or lack of sleep- therefore sometimes young stroke victims make the mistake of just trying to sleep it off.

And that could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

What you should do:

Know the Stroke Warning Signs. Act in time. Call 911

Here are some STROKE warning signs to look for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

High Blood Pressure and Obesity are Known Risk Factors for Stroke->Learn what you can do to lower your risk!

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