March 21st, 2008


Strokes in young and middle aged people

Surprising causes of strokes in young and middle aged people revealed in CNN article.


Though 100,000 women, middle-aged and younger, will have a stroke this year, some doctors -- and far too many women -- still think of strokes as an affliction of the elderly or of men.

The truth is, a woman between the ages of 45 and 54 is more than twice as likely as a man to have a stroke, according to recent research from the University of California, Los Angeles. What's more, even though the most common cause is high blood pressure, women are disproportionately affected by some surprising and far-less-well-known causes: chiropractic neck adjustments, pregnancy, oral contraceptives -- even getting a salon hair wash, or riding a roller coaster.


I once worked in the home of a woman who had a stroke as a result of high blood pressure. She was in a wheelchair, paralyzed on one side of her body. She was very bitter that her doctor had not explained the full risks of her high blood pressure, which she hadn't taken very seriously since she felt so good. She was 38 when she had her stroke.