Strokes In Young People: Symptoms Can Be Mistaken

It's not often  you hear of a young person suffering a stroke, and symptoms may mask themselves.

My friend's 14 year old's life changed when she had a stroke.  When they got to the emergency room, nurses and the doctor kept asking what types of drugs she had taken.

Dr Madjid Keyvani is a neurologist at Sharp Healthcare.  He says there are several possible causes of a stroke with different age populations.

Strokes are more common in older people. But children, teenagers and even babies can suffer a stroke. 

Some are born with heart defects, or vascular or clotting problems and then have a stroke.

A stroke in a teenager is rare, and symptoms are similar to those a person on drugs may suffer, such as slurred speech and alteration of mental faculties, and doctors and nurses may not be looking for a stroke.

If your child or grandchild has an episode, and you don't have an explanation, ask the emergency room attendants if it's possible they suffered a stroke.


Use the letters in "fast" to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1

F= Face Drooping
A=Arm Weakness
S=Speech Difficulty
T=Time to Call 911

Every second counts.

Listen to our quick minute below.

Sharp's Neurology Services can be found HERE

More on a child's risk for stroke HERE

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