Warning as more people in their 20s suffer deadly strokes – the 6 signs you must never ignore

PEOPLE in their 20s have been urged to learn the deadly signs of a stroke after an uptick in cases in younger adults.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and is usually associated with older adults.

Experts have now warned that younger people are upping their risk because of their lifestyle.

You're more at risk of a stroke if you're overweight, you smoke and you drink too much.

Other risks include age – with people over the age of 55 more likely to have a stroke.

If you have had a close relative who has had a stroke, then you are also more at risk.

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What causes a stroke and what are the main symptoms to look out for?

Medics at Norton Healthcare said younger people now have more risk factors associated with stroke – as many lead a sedentary lifestyle.

They said that the younger population is now also dealing with obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnoea.

The experts said that women who take the contraceptive pill and experience migraines with an aura are also at a greater risk of a stroke.

Stroke neurologist Dr Bryan Eckerle said that for many people, a stroke won't be painful and revealed the six things you must watch out for – especially in younger people.

These are:

  1. Balance – experts say a loss of balance and feeling dizzy are signs of a stroke
  2. Eyes – a change in vision in one or two eyes
  3. Face – a droopy face or uneven smile
  4. Arms – if one drops down when raising both arms or a weakness or numbness occurs
  5. Speech – slurred words or struggling to speak
  6. Time – be mindful of how long these symptoms have been happening for, the medics says that time lost equals brain lost.

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If you think someone is having a stroke you need to ring 999 in the UK and 911 in the US in order to get emergency help.

Dr Eckerle added that the quicker someone gets treatment, the more likely they are to live and to make a decent recovery.

"People having heart attacks are having chest pain and having difficulty breathing and they get medical attention.

"Strokes are often painless, sometimes get ignored written off or people think will pass on their own.

"Once that acute treatment window or that option to give IV medicine or surgery has passed it becomes a much longer road to recovery", he todl WAVE NOW.

What treatments are there for a stroke?

The NHS says that effective treatment of a stroke can prevent long-term disability and save lives.

Treatments depend on if a stroke has been caused by a blood clot or bleeding around the brain.

Andrew Marr suffered a stroke in 2013, paying thousands of pounds for a new treatment in Florida to rid himself of his leg brace.

The television presenter opted for an anti-inflammatory treatment, using anti-TNF (tumour necrosis factor) drug etanercept.

Other forms of stroke therapy includes "virtual physiotherapy" which has seen stroke patients regain the use of their paralysed arms.

Other drugs designed for rheumatoid arthritis have been found to potentially reverse the damage caused by a stroke.

The Stroke Association recently warned that patients faced a disability lottery depending on where they lived in accessing treatment.

In February 2018 it was revealed that researchers have developed a new stem-cell based treatment that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain's natural healing tendencies.

There are two main types of stroke.

An ischaemic stroke is the most common, accounting for 85 per cent of all cases, and is caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain.

A haemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in or around the brain, when a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts.

If any stroke symptoms occur for less than a few hours, you could be suffering from a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

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This attack, which is sometimes known as a "mini-stroke", indicates that there is a problem with the blood supply to your brain.

It’s important to contact your GP or local hospital if experiencing these symptoms, as they could increase your risk of stroke in the near future.

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