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Health Alert: Greater risk of stroke seen in younger people

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- May is stroke awareness month.

A new report says there is a dangerous trend in those who are having the most common types of stroke or injury to the brain.

Some alarming numbers are in this new report. Not just in the number of strokes people have each year, but those who do have strokes are at younger ages.

One of the best ways to lower stroke risk is to reduce your blood pressure. Many people at the Mercy HealthPlex are in cardiac rehab which helps you recover from heart attack and stroke. But according to the new report from the American Academy of Neurology, researchers found about 15 percent of ischemic strokes,the most common type, are in those ages 18 to 44.

They are not sure why more young adults are having stroke. It may be due to higher obesity rates, or that we don't watch blood pressure, and it may be due to diabetes rates also. We might think of these as minor inconveniences, but they can play a role in stroke risk.

If you have these, ask your doctor how to lower your risk. Over time these things can make a difference.

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