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Young Stroke Victims
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
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
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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