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Stroke rates are rising among the younger population despite the misconception that strokes only occur in the elderly. In fact, one-third of strokes are believed to occur in people under the age of 65 and the numbers are increasing.
Joni Clark, MD, a stroke neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, believes that the growing obesity epidemic in the United States may be partially to blame for the increase of stroke among the young.
“Stroke is no longer considered an elderly person’s disease,” says Dr. Clark. “Obesity and diabetes – which often lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol – are major contributing factors for the increase of stroke in younger individuals.”
In recognition of National Stroke Month in May, listed below are 10 other common misconceptions about stroke.
Barrow stroke experts and patients are available for interviews throughout the month of May. Please call Carmelle Malkovich 602.406.3319 to schedule.