JAN 19, 2016 5:10 AM PST

Younger Stroke Victims Don't Seek Treatment Fast Enough

Having a stroke can leave a person with significant impairments in movement, cognitive ability and speech. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of serious long-term disability.  According to the CDC about 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and 185,000 of those are recurrent attacks. Factors like smoking, atrial fibrillation and hypertension can increase the risk of having a stroke. While younger people might not be thought of as at risk, the number of people under the age of 49 having strokes has increased.  
Time is crucial in getting treatment for a stroke

What’s more troubling though, is that a new national survey conducted by researchers at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center suggests that it’s this age group that may not seek treatment soon enough if they experienced signs of an impending stroke. Time is crucial when it comes to the treatment of strokes. The “golden window” is three hours. If a patient does not seek treatment within this time period the outcome could be very bad.
 
Dr. David Liebeskind, who led the survey, was surprised at the high numbers of people who would ignore these very serious symptoms. He is the Director of Outpatient Stroke and Neurovascular Programs and Director of the Neurovascular Imaging Research Core at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
 
In a press release he said, “Timely treatment for stroke is probably more important than for almost any other medical problem there is. There is a very limited window in which to start treatment because the brain is very sensitive to a lack of blood flow or to bleeding, and the longer patients wait, the more devastating the consequences. Stroke symptoms ... are a trigger to seek urgent medical attention as soon as possible. Stroke is not something you can handle yourself or treat at home.” 

A 2013 study showed the number of younger patients experiencing a stroke has increased by about 53% since the mid-1990’s The study,  published in Neurology, also found that approximately 15% of the most common strokes--ischemic strokes—occurred in patients of European ancestry aged 49 and under. The rate for African-Americans and Latinos is higher. 

Neither the UCLA study or the 2013 study addressed the possible causes for the increase in strokes in this younger age group. Liebeskind said that several factors could account for strokes in young patients including better detection by doctors, diet and exercise and environmental or genetic conditions.
 
The National Stroke Association has provided the following acronym to recognize a possible stroke.
 
Face drooping
Arm weakness or
Speech difficulty, it’s
Time to call 9-1-1
 
Check out the video below to learn more about the UCLA study and how you can recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
 
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
AUG 10, 2021
Health & Medicine
Soccer players, CTE, and Neurodegenerative disease
AUG 10, 2021
Soccer players, CTE, and Neurodegenerative disease
New research suggests positions and career length of soccer players could influence the development of neurodegenerative ...
AUG 12, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Medicinal Cannabis May Help with Stuttering
AUG 12, 2021
Medicinal Cannabis May Help with Stuttering
Medicinal cannabis reduced treatment-resistant stuttering in a 20-year-old male patient. The case study was published in ...
AUG 24, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
A comparison of drugs for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
AUG 24, 2021
A comparison of drugs for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
     Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a rare and unpredictable autoimmune disease in which the body’s inn ...
AUG 25, 2021
Genetics & Genomics
A Possible Treatment Strategy for Familial Alzheimer's is ID'ed
AUG 25, 2021
A Possible Treatment Strategy for Familial Alzheimer's is ID'ed
Some cases of Alzheimers disease (AD) are known as Familial AD because they are due to genetic mutations. So far, mutati ...
SEP 03, 2021
Technology
Bionic Arm Effective at Restoring "Natural" Arm Function in Amputees
SEP 03, 2021
Bionic Arm Effective at Restoring "Natural" Arm Function in Amputees
A research team at the Cleveland Clinic has developed a new mechanical arm that could help people who have received arm ...
SEP 14, 2021
Health & Medicine
The New Social Darwinists: It's All About Survival at Any Cost
SEP 14, 2021
The New Social Darwinists: It's All About Survival at Any Cost
Researchers have found that people who perceive social relations in general Darwinian terms tend toward various personal ...
Loading Comments...