childrenMore and more people from the younger generation, along with working-age men and women are suffering from strokes, and today’s unhealthy lifestyle is to blame.  The new study is changing the idea that strokes are a disease strictly for older people.

Ischemic strokes

Eighty seven percent of strokes are Ischemic Strokes, and these usually happen when a blood vessel cannot supply the brain with blood due to it being blocked or congested. Fatty deposits are the likely cause of the obstruction, with the plaque forming around the blood vessel’s walls over time. In more serious cases, the clot in the blood can even lead to brain damage.

The younger generation, as well as the ones already working is more susceptible to strokes than ever before. A stressful lifestyle coupled with certain risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure further compounds this, and many have a difficult time recovering from a stroke, especially if they are already working.

The usual suspects

Today’s unhealthy lifestyle is increasing the risk of strokes, with obesity being the leading cause. People who are obese have higher cholesterol, which means that plaque eventually builds up along the walls of the blood vessels and makes it clot more easily. Other contributing factors to the ever-increasing prevalence of strokes include high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking.

The study also finds a link between stroke and the use of birth control pills for women. Annabelle Volgman, MD, an associate professor of medicine and medical director at the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Center in Chicago notes that the rise of strokes in younger people corresponds to the age where they are more sexually active.

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It is known that women who take birth control pills are twice more likely to have a stroke than does who do not, with the risk being further complicated when other factors are involved, such as obesity and high blood pressure.  Today’s lifestyle and how it depicts sex as casual, along with birth control pills being easy to obtain, further compounds this dilemma.

Dr. Brett Kissela, a professor and vice-chair of neurology at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine that while the new reports are alarming, there is hope. He says that ‘the good news is that some of the possible contributing factors to these strokes can be modified with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.’ With strokes becoming more and more prevalent in the younger and working generation, eating the right foods and having a healthier lifestyle is more important than ever.

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