Luke Perry's Death Highlights the Chance of Stroke at Any Age

The idea that you’re safe from stroke if you're under 50? Forget it.

Luke Perry’s death from a massive stroke, at age 52, is turning our attention to some hard facts. One out of four people can have a stroke under age 65.

Dr. Kristy Yuan, an assistant professor of clinical neurology in the stroke program in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, says risk factors are being seen in younger and younger age brackets. Diabetes is one of the reasons why, as it's the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Here are the risk factors:

  • Previously experiencing a stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Heart disease
  • Drug use

If you or someone has any of the following signs of a stroke, get them help immediately so they have their best chance at a full recovery. Remember these with: BE FAST.

  • B: Poor balance
  • E: Eye problems, such as loss of vision or double vision
  • F: Facial droop
  • A: Arm or limb weakness
  • S: Slurred speech or trouble speaking
  • T: Time to get to the hospital ASAP


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