Dr. Brett Kissela Talks About the Alarming Trend of Stroke in Younger Patients

Older generations are no longer the only ones at risk for stroke as more and more young people are suffering from the life-threatening condition. Dr. Brett Kissela is unable to draw a clear connection to why the incidence of stroke is rising in young people, but suggests that the increase in obesity and diabetes are major factors. “When you have obesity and diabetes you often also have high blood pressure, which is the single biggest risk factor for stroke, and high cholesterol, which is also an important risk factor,” says Dr. Kissela. In case of an emergency, act F-A-S-T.

F– Facial drooping

A– Arm or leg numbness

S– Slurred Speech

T– Time: Call 911 immediately

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