Old Methods for Young People?: Toward Addressing Unique Needs of Young Stroke Survivors

While the incidence of stroke increases with age, a substantial portion of those affected are <50 years of age. Annually, almost 800,000 individuals experience a stroke in the United states.1 Up to 15% of those with ischemic stroke, a staggering 100,000, are young adults 18 to 50 years of age.2 The rate of young people with hemorrhagic stroke is even higher, 30%,3 and these strokes lead to greater disability. While the incidence of stroke is declining in the general population, it appears to be increasing in young adults,4 and >10% of young stroke survivors are not able to function independently 10 years after the index stroke.5

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