Stroke Warning Signs

Many people have been left wondering how someone so young could have died from a stroke. Luke Perry died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in California. Now, medical professionals are warning people of the signs of stroke.

Stroke isn't just something that can happen to people over the age of 65. In fact 10 percent of strokes occur in people under 45. And, the amount of strokes happening to people between 18 and 45 has increased by 50% since the 90's.

Strokes happen when a burst blood vessel in the brain cuts off oxygen. Of the 795,000 cases a year, 140,000 are fatal.

Risk factors in younger adults are usually associated with a genetic predisposition like a congenital heart condition. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Unhealthy habits can also increase your stroke risk. These habits include smoking and cocaine use.

Early detection is key. The sooner you can get help for someone suffering a stroke, the more of a chance there is to minimize damage.

Doctors advise to remember B.E.F.A.S.T when it comes to looking for signs of stroke.

Balance loss

Eye issues

Face drooping

Arm weakness

Speech difficulty

Time to call 9-1-1.

It's not about pain with stroke, it's about loss of function.

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