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More Young Adults And Teens Being Treated For Stroke - featured September 6, 2011

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[Source: Medical News Today, Annals of Neurology]

According to an investigation conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1995 and 2008, ischemic stroke hospitalization rates rose up to 37% in adolescents and young adults aged between 15 to 44 years. The findings, reported in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society, reveal a rise in the rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders and tobacco use among individuals in this age group during the 14-year investigation period.

In the U.S. stroke is the third leading cause of death, The American Heart Association reports. 87% of all cases are connected to ischemic stroke, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked by blood clots, or there is a build-up of fatty deposits called plaque (atherosclerosis) inside blood vessels. Previous investigations state stroke in adolescents and young adults makes up for 5% to 10% of all stroke cases, as well as being one of the top ten causes of death in childhood.

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