Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Why are more young people having strokes?

Strokes are not just an elderly person problem. They are on the rise among younger people. Many 20- to 40-year-olds are not considering they could have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. About 15% of ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, occur in young adults and adolescents. The past decade has seen a 44% increase in the number of young people hospitalized due to stroke. Higher numbers of young people having strokes can be attributed to a collection of lifestyle risk factors, like smoking, drinking and physical inactivity, as well as chronic issues like obesity, uncontrolled high blood pressure and diabetes.

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