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Doctor insights on: Young Stroke Victims

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Conmon age for stroke?

Conmon age for stroke?

Any age : A stroke can occur at any age when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Although more common with advancing age, diabetes, drug abuse, and penetrating neck injuries are examples of reasons for stroke in a younger age group. ...Read more

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Cerebral stroke, tia, mini stroke--which are preventable?

Cerebral stroke, tia, mini stroke--which are preventable?

All preventable: All of the above are preventable by routine measures such as good blood pressure control, proper diet, exercise and blood sugar control. ...Read more

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No taste buds in elderly stroke victim?

Stroke victims: can loose taste or smell. But they still have taste buds. The ares of the brain that the taste buds send their information to is damaged. ...Read more

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Coronary spasm among young adult is it fatal?

Coronary spasm among young adult is it fatal?

Coronary spasm: Usually not. There are medications to help alleviate the spasm. ...Read more

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How many young people die from DVT in uk?

How many young people die from DVT in uk?

Estimate 25K/yr: Your House of Commons in 2005 estimated that 25,000 men & women die every year from hospital acquired venous thromboembolism. So while we don't die directly from deep vein thrombosis, death can occur when blood clot breaks free & blocks blood flow in lungs eg pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, I could not determine breakdown by age http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG92/chapter/introduction. ...Read more

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What causes a TIA (transient ischemic attack) in young people?

What causes a TIA (transient ischemic attack) in young people?

Complex issue: Transients events can be due to heart defects, arrhythmia, blood pressure, blood sugar, drug effects, seizure, migraine, or blood vessel disorders. It would be important to have a thorough medical and neurological evaluation. Their may be genetic factors involved, especially defects in cholesterol and lipid metabolism. May be a high risk for completed stroke or even death. ...Read more

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Can an electrocardiogram prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young teenagers/adults who die during marathons?

Can an electrocardiogram prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young teenagers/adults who die during marathons?

Screen test: ECG is used because it is relatively inexpensive. We have no good cost effective screening test. Cardiac arrest is rare when compared to the numbers of exercising population. Tests become more effective when a specific question within the effectiveness of the test are the reason for the test. ...Read more

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Are mini strokes common in elderly people?

Are mini strokes common in elderly people?

TIA: TIAs, sometimes called 'mini-strokes' are all too common in the elderly. Estimates range up to 500,00 per year. The sad part is, many of these are followed within weeks or months with a full stroke. TIAs are temporary (transient ischemic attacks), but full strokes are permanent.. ...Read more

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Please describe the mortality rate for stroke victims?

Please describe the mortality rate for stroke victims?

Significant: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the usa, and the most common cause of long-term disability. Rate of death is highly dependent on size, location, and duration of decreased blood flow, and too many variables to be specific, as each case varies. ...Read more

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Can young people get alzheimer's?

Can young people get alzheimer's?

Not generally: Alzheimers disease is primarily a disease of older people. Development before 60 years of age is uncommon. In younger people some disorders can cause memory impairment such as can occur with trauma to the brain, childhood developmental disorders and drug abuse. Major depression can mimick dementia with slow thinking, lack of initiative, poor self care. ...Read more

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Why do stroke survivors experience respiratory problems?

Why do stroke survivors experience respiratory problems?

Related to swallow: Sometimes people who have had a stroke suffer from impaired swallowing. The can increase the risk for choking, and it can be associated with pneumonia. People who have had a stroke are carefully evaluated for their swallowing function. ...Read more

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What causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people?

What causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people?

Cardiac arrest: A number of causes underlying cardiac disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrythmogenic right heart cardiomyopathy, could be sudden clot if has a familial disposition to hypercoagulability ( Leiden factor V, Protein S or C), Wolf Parkinson White rarely , Long QT syndrome ( if given the wrong meds) , other genetic variants as well as cocaine, amphentamines,alcohol poisoning and other drugs. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a transient ischemic attack (tia) at age 27?

Do people ever get a transient ischemic attack (tia) at age 27?

Rare: While possible, it is quite rare. Certain genetic syndromes, blood vessel abnormalities can result in strokes and tias in young adults. If there are concerning symptoms, such as one-sided weakness, numbness, speech difficulty or visual deficit, you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?

Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma.  Stroke induced. Chances of survival?

Hard to say: The pre-illness health, speed of recognition and early care all play into this status.The physicians at the bedside have a better access to the information needed to answer this question. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's happen to young people?

Can Alzheimer's happen to young people?

Not common: Except for those with down's syndrome, alzheimer's usually occurs after age 50 and most often after age 65. It is most common in those older than 85. ...Read more

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Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

My view: Yes, many ALS patients suffer pain, but they rarely suffocate, as typically, when needed, a tracheostomy tube is placed. But demise can often be due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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Are brain injuries very prevalent among veterans?

Are brain injuries very prevalent among veterans?

Yes: Many veterans suffer some form of traumatic brain injury if they are exposed to blasts, explosions, falls, bullets to the kevlar helmet, or any other trauma. Our equipment today is great to prevent death, but the underlying brain frequently suffers injury from impact and sudden deceleration. ...Read more

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How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults ?

How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults ?

Increasingly common.: With soaring obesity rates and more sedentary lifestyles in a society centered around the individual's pleasure, it is not surprising that the incidence of coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are all increasing in young adults... ...Read more

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Can a young person die from aaa?

Can a young person die from aaa?

Yes: Any person with a AAA can die. Typically the larger the aneurysm, the greater the risk. Younger individuals, especially less than 40, typically do not have significant aneurysms without a familial cause such as marfan's or ehlers danlos and in these patient the aneurysms can be fatal. ...Read more

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Can recovering stroke victims have mini strokes? If so, how would you know?

Can recovering stroke victims have mini strokes? If so, how would you know?

TIA vs CVA: Medically speaking, mini-strokes are transient ischemic attacks. Strokes come in two flavors: ischemic & hemorrhagic. Former is a clogged pipe while latter is a burst pipe. Patients who have had a stroke are at increase risk for another. And those who've had a mini-stroke are at great risk for a full blown stroke. Talk to family doc about symptoms in order to get more testing & optimize treatment. ...Read more