Are young people really at risk for strokes?
Scary as it was, the model’s experience is “unfortunately, not uncommon,” Sharinn said. “I do see a small percentage of strokes in young people, specifically with PFO and migraines because it’s such a prevalent condition in the young.”
The doctor praised Hailey for posting a video to raise awareness about the issue, saying, “The more awareness, the more people are educated about this, the more we can help and the more patients can save themselves and help us.”
How can you prevent a stroke?
Some ways that people can lessen their chances of a stroke are to drink plenty of water and occasionally move their legs and walk around if they have to be stationary for a long period of time (like on a flight), Sharinn said, adding, “And then if you have any medical condition, just talk to your doctor and they’ll be able to explain and basically give you precautions based on those conditions.”
How do you know if you’re having a stroke?
The doctor said stroke symptoms can include numbness, tingling or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, or double vision. Sharinn said they are usually abrupt and when they occur, “it’s better not to think or guess, just call 911 and let them take you to the emergency room.”
Can strokes be treated?
She added, “We currently have a lot of ways to treat strokes. We have medications that can dissolve the clot within a 4.5-hour window from the time of onset of the symptoms. And there are also clot retrieval procedures that can be done for most patients within 24 hours of the symptom’s onset. So we could do a lot to help, but patients need to get to us.”