Strokes Happen to Young People, Too: Do

May 13 [Mon], 2013, 12:18
Imagine a weird feelingsay, an unusual headache or a random surge of euphoria. Then imagine losing control of your muscles and your voice. Then imagine blacking out and waking up in a hospital. It sounds awful, mind-boggling--and totally unlikely to happen. Though strokes are rare in people under 55, they do happen. What's worse, strokes in young adults are on the rise, and though they often start as something just slightly off, the results can be devastating.

Five years ago, a friend of mine, Harshada Rajani, experienced the same string of events I describe above. As a 23-year-old, perfectly healthy medical student, she had two headaches that just didnt feel normal. After seeing several doctors who told her they were migraines, she came down with dizziness and vomiting. Then she lost control of her voice and woke up in the hospital having had a debilitating stroke at the base of her brain.