Alarming increase in millennials 18-34 getting strokes

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A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death and part of the brain not functioning properly. There are two main types of stroke:

  1. Ischemic, due to lack of blood flow typically caused by blockage of a blood vessel.
  2. Hemorrhagic, due to bleeding either directly into the brain or into the space between the brain’s membranes.

In 2015, stroke was the second most frequent cause of death after coronary artery disease, accounting for 6.3 million deaths worldwide (11% of the total). About half of people who have had a stroke live less than one year.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, dizziness, loss of vision to one side, or a severe headache. When that happens, get medical help immediately.

The risk factors for stroke are high blood pressure, tobacco smoking, obesity, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, a previous stroke, and atrial fibrillation.

Strokes affect mainly older people, not the young. Overall, two thirds of strokes occurred in those over 65 years old. But more U.S. millennials — young adults 18 to 34 years old — are getting strokes.

In a study published earlier this year in JAMA Neurology, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that strokes among millennials increased from 2003 to 2012 by 32% for women and 15% for men.

Ralph Sacco, president of the American Academy of Neurology, remarked that although the evidence suggests that the overall incidence and mortality of stroke is on the decline, the rates may be increasing among younger populations: “The reasons for these trends are not entirely clear,” but there are concerns about obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, and drug use “having a greater impact in younger stroke victims.” (PBS)

Scientific American conducted a further study of strokes among millennials, using data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Here are the study’s findings:

  • Confirmation of earlier studies that pointed to nationwide increases in strokes among millennials.
  • Statistically significant regional differences in millennials’ stroke rates (2003 to 2012):
    • 70% increase in the West as a region; 85% increase in western cities with more than one million residents.
    • 34% increase in the Midwest.
  • The higher stroke rates in the West and Midwest were not due to better brain-scanning technology and improvements in stroke detection.
  • The study concludes that drug use and racial disparities (blacks have more strokes than whites) may be factors.

Mitchell Elkind, a stroke expert at Columbia University and New York–Presbyterian Hospital who reviewed the Scientific American study, points out the troubling implications of increasing numbers of millennials having strokes:

  • In the short term, severe strokes among younger adults are a big problem because disability in people in their peak earning years can severely impact their families and future lives.
  • Longer-term, more strokes—even relatively mild ones—among younger adults are worrying because they portend an upcoming epidemic of worse attacks in another 30 years. Not only are stroke risk factors such as obesity and smoking cumulative over time, second strokes are more likely to be stronger and potentially fatal. Elkind said: “We are just seeing those little waves hitting the beach now but that tsunami will come in the future.”


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10 responses to “Alarming increase in millennials 18-34 getting strokes

  1. Dr. Sacco said it very well, as lifestyle has by far the greatest influence over this. In terms of nutrition, overall lack of exercise and outdoor exposure, as well as illicit drug use, people in this age block today I know from my own exposure to them are far more likely to experience these factors.

    For example, in my own business, in the past 15 years I’ve had such difficulty getting reasonably healthy, reliable young people as employees that it seriously hampered my ability to operate my business.

    From my own admittedly anecdotal experience and evidence, I would say not more than one in four lasted past a few weeks at best, contrasted to people I hired 40 years ago.

  2. Energy drinks consumed like water by this group may be the cause of strokes.

    • That’s what I was going to say. Energy drinks are horrible. Caffeine to speed the heart and taurine to slow it down. It’s like a legal speedball in a can.

  3. Good point on the energy drinks. They’re full of caffine and probably other stuff that can make your heart race. That coupled with no exercise, fresh air, obesity, etc. all adds up. All stuff that has been known for years. Maybe you only get so many heaertbeats then you’re done.

    • “Heartbeats per lifetime” has been my operating theory: my main tactic is to conserve, conserve, conserve! I’m not sitting on my ass in front of the TV, I’m CONSERVING, dammit!

      That bit of fun(?) aside, I actually know an otherwise healthy, active, young man who was in his very-early 40s when he fell over with a stroke. It didn’t kill him, but he couldn’t speak, walk, or use his right side for years; he ultimately recovered most of his functioning, but he’ll never work again, and he had a young family.

      Catastrophic. Absolutely catastrophic…but definitely not caused by energy drinks (in my friend’s case).

      • My father had two of them. He was always overly worried about work. In my experience I’ve known several people who have had strokes. All of them were worriers.

        My father’s early death in some ways provided a lesson for me. I have always been a good worker and employee, but I never forget that I “work to live”, not the other way round.

        Given the uncertainty of modern employment, the loss of security associated with social customs and the pressure to conform to idiotic ideologies that most young people face, I’m not surprised.

  4. Not a good thing. Millennials seem to be a generation with soooooo many problems.

  5. Cell phones ?

    • I had a similar thought. Those stat-analyzers are ignoring the white elephant in the room, the massive increase in Environmental Electro-Pollution in just a few decades.

      EMFs not only cause red blood cells to “stack up on top of each other” (rather than flowing loosely & separately, videos at youtube of live blood analysis), they also cause weight gain without even eating more or eating “junk” because EMFs coat cells in sugars preventing nutrients from getting in & toxins from getting out, not to mention the physiological stress they inflict on every body system (stress = cortisol = weight gain), especially the brain & heart (which have more cells, & hence more mitochondria, than any other organs; EMFs attack the mitochondria which are the “energy-producing power plants” in the center of every cell).

      They can also make diabetes worse &/or cause what they call “Diabetes 3.”

      And hindering blood flow to the brain is a biggie, hypoperfusion.

      “70% increase in the West as a region; 85% increase in western cities with more than one million residents.”

      That makes sense because High Population Density is one of the greatest dangers these days > The more people, the more transmitters the utilities, telecoms, ISPs are installing. It’s already that way, WiFi & “Hot Spots” & “Smart Meters” everywhere. Even if you try to keep clear, your neighbors may kill you off with theirs. 2.45 GHz WiFi is three times the EMF “blast strength” of the old 2G cellphones (@ 700 MHz). And I see they now have 5 GHz WiFi routers, ugh!

      All the big cell towers will eventually be replaced with “billions & billions” (Tom Wheeler) of tiny near-invisible transmitting 5G antennas installed in every nook & cranny; the more people, the more they are installing.

      Stupid Elon Musk already shot up skyward a batch of his 5G satellites about two weeks ago. He wants to put about 20,000 up there eventually.

      Dr. Jack Kruse (neurosurgeon) lamented in an interview a few months ago that he is “Very Concerned” that “We are going to lose a LOT of people” when 5G is turned on everywhere (currently only in a few “test” bigger cities).

      He also said it will not be safe to fly much longer (stuck in a “metal tube”/airplanes & airports with 5G + 250 other people on the plane with cellphones on).

      He also said it will cause people to literally “drop to their knees” & then he quickly added, “POTS & ANS.” The host did not catch it & ask him to elaborate, but I knew exactly what he was referring to because I was reading about both in the early 1990s: Classic “C.F.I.D.S” *IS* “POTS” & “ANS” > (POTS = “Postural Orthostatic Intolerance” & ANS = “Autonomic Nervous System” Failure, which is why CFIDS people cannot tolerate standing upright, even sitting upright, at least not for very long. ANS regulates blood pressure (among other things) & BP is classicly very low in CFIDS… And hardly anybody had cellphones in the 1970s, 1980s, early 1990s, yet there it was & now we’ve come full circle to the Monster of All Monster-POTS-&-ANS-inducers, 5G.

      I wish the Lord would return & put a whammy on the Technocrats but I don’t think its His time yet. So “run for the hills,” if able, to Low Population Density areas if you have physical weaknesses or illnesses that could be worsened by the latest “tech inventions.”

      Avoid all Underground Infrastructure, too, plus military bases & international airports (per Kruse). Per the Heuser study, anyone who has ever had a hard bump on the head or head injury is also susceptible; ditto metals in body, especially near/or in the head, such as metal dental work.

      Etc. Etc.!

  6. Artificial hormones via birth control for the millenial “young” and menopausal treatments thereafter; and, the ever-easy to blame McDonald’s and associated diets. Choose your poison.


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