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How a Stroke Can Happen When You're Young Like Luke Perry

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to your brain. As a result, brain cells die and brain damage can occur. Without proper and timely treatment, a stroke can be lethal
  • An estimated 795,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S. It’s the fifth leading cause of death, killing an estimated 142,000 annually. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.
  • While most strokes occur in the elderly, they can also occur in younger people. Between 1995 and 2012, stroke rates nearly doubled for men between the ages of 18 and 44; an estimated 10 percent of all strokes occur in people under the age of 50
  • Risk factors for stroke among patients under the age of 50 differ from those in older patients, and include arterial dissection causing a blood clot; having a hole in your heart; blood clots; heart defects; disturbed heart rhythm; narrowing of the arteries caused by stimulants or drugs; aneurism; and arteriovenous malformations. Heavy alcohol consumption in middle age is also a risk factor
  • To lower your risk of stroke, eat real food, boost your fiber and fermented food intake, exercise regularly, optimize your vitamin D and magnesium levels, address stress and elevated TMAO levels, limit your alcohol consumption and quit smoking

Strokes are sometimes referred to as "brain attacks" (instead of "heart attacks") because they occur when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to your brain, as opposed to your heart. As a result, brain cells die and brain damage can occur. Without proper and timely treatment, a stroke can be lethal.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an estimated 795,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S. It's the fifth leading cause of death, killing an estimated 142,000 annually. It's also a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.


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