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PTSD Increases Risk for Stroke in Younger Years

Every year in the U.S., approximately 795,000 people have a stroke and 140,000 die as a result, making strokes not only a leading cause of death but also a common cause of serious, long-term disability.  Most often, strokes occur in those over the age of 65, but they can strike younger adults as well. In 2009, 34% of those hospitalized due to a stroke where under 65 years old, serving as a reminder that this condition may occur at any age. In fact, the American Heart Association says that 10% to 14% of ischemic strokes occur in people aged just 18 to 45 years old, and while strokes have generally been declining in older adults during the past decade, the rate among young adults has markedly increased. Researchers believe that psychological factors, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may be an important risk factor in cases of early-onset stroke.  Read more.....



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