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Stroke victims getting younger

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Strokes in Americans younger than age 45 spike 44 percent since 2007; resources for young stroke survivors and families available

Strokes are on the rise in younger Americans. There was a 44 percent spike in the number of young Americans (under 45 years old) hospitalized due to stroke over the last decade. Yet 73 percent of younger Americans are not familiar with stroke symptoms and the need for urgent medical attention.

In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, the National Stroke Association created a website with a plethora of free resources that allows everyone to become an advocate for stroke and learn more about this underreported disease.

“It is critical that we get the word out and educate younger Americans about stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults, and it can happen to anyone,” said Robyn Moore, CEO of the National Stroke Association.

“A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or broken blood vessel and can be caused by a number of factors. It is a myth that stroke only happens to the elderly.”

At the heart of the National Stroke Association’s May 2017 stroke awareness campaign is an interactive video titled “Young Stroke: An Unexpected Reality,” which offers special insight about stroke in younger adults and outlines resources for young stroke survivors and families.

Moore said the association’s online resources ask the public to help spread stroke awareness through several channels, ranging from social media, email, and presentations that can be used to learn more about strokes

“Our 2017 campaign primarily focuses on younger stroke survivors, but it also gives people of any age the tools to become informed and spread the message,” said Moore. “Even something as simple as posting on Facebook or sending one of the colorful E-cards about stroke risks to family members, co-workers and friends will make a difference in getting everyone to learn more about the symptoms of stroke and prevention.”

About the National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.

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