Strokes: Is age just a number?

blood pressure checkYou may think that strokes only affect seniors, but over the past couple of decades, the rate of people having stroke between the ages of 20 and 54 has risen. According to a study published in Neurology, the proportion of stroke patients who are between the ages of 20 and 54 rose from 13 percent in 1993 to 19 percent by 2005. Strokes are a major cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

To help prevent strokes, young people should get regular checkups and keep on top of their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, particularly if they have chronic conditions. Getting proper exercise and eating a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both major contributors to stroke.