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Disease of older people? - Stroke also affects the boys
Although it is considered a disease of the elderly, young people also suffer a stroke. Although the symptoms are the same in all age groups, younger people often wait weeks for a diagnosis because they are often not expected to have a stroke.
Stroke also affects young people
A few years ago, a study was published in the specialist magazine "The Lancet", which showed that younger people are increasingly affected by a stroke. At that time, the German Stroke Society (DSG) and the German Society for Neurology (DGN) pointed out that about every 20th stroke occurs in a child or adolescent. Although the symptoms are the same in all age groups, stroke is often recognized late in young people. However, quick action is vital for a stroke. The latest news from the dpa news agency reports on the fate of a young person affected.
270,000 strokes a year
The impairment of Claudia B. is hardly noticed by strangers. But if the 34-year-old takes a little longer at the supermarket checkout or her money slips through her fingers, the waiting people behind her often become impatient. "You can't see it at first glance, but I'm limited," said the woman living near Karlsruhe. "I have no feeling on the right side of my body. I can walk and grip, but sometimes I fall a little. ”Five years ago - at the age of 29 - Claudia B. had a stroke. According to dpa, she is one of the estimated 10,000 to 40,000 people in Germany who suffer a stroke at a younger age - i.e. under 50. Nationwide, around 270,000 people suffer a stroke each year.
Most common reason for permanent disabilities
As explained in the report, strokes are caused by circulatory disorders in the brain, which are caused in approximately 80 percent of cases by blockage of blood vessels (ischemic). Bleeding into the brain tissue is less often the reason (hemorrhagic). According to the spokesman for the DSG, Joachim Röther, strokes are the third leading cause of death in Germany and the most common reason for permanent disabilities. As the head of neurology at Asklepios Klinik Altona explained, the risk of stroke generally increases exponentially with age. This is because the risk factors increase with the number of years of life. These include atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels, overweight and obesity or the consequences of decades of smoking.
Recognize symptoms in good time and save lives
It is of particular importance to recognize stroke symptoms in good time and thus save lives. The German Stroke Aid has developed a special stroke app that is available free of charge. As Ulf Bodechtel, chief physician of the Bavaria Clinic in Kreischa, Saxony, explained in the agency report, the diagnosis in young patients is generally more difficult. If a stroke is immediately diagnosed in the elderly who suddenly suffer from speech disorders or paralysis, younger people often wait a long time to be diagnosed. "The symptoms are identical in all age groups, but older people are more likely to think about them," said Bodechtel. In younger patients, the disease is sometimes diagnosed only after weeks.
"This only affects older people"
This was also the case with Claudia B. The pharmaceutical technical assistant initially had extreme headaches that were worse than the migraines she knew. At first she was on sick leave, but the complaints that came in batches got worse: "After ten days, I noticed that my right side was paralyzed and I could not get a sentence out," said the woman, who went to a neurologist and then in a clinic was referred to, in which an examination by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) finally brought the diagnosis: stroke by a so-called dissection, in which it bleeds into the vessel wall and tears the inner wall of a blood vessel. The vessel is subsequently narrowed or can close. "The diagnosis of stroke was a shock," said Claudia B. "Until then, I thought it only affected older people." After the diagnosis, she had to stay in the hospital and immediately went to a stroke unit - a stroke station. After seven days in the clinic, her speech disorder was gone, but the hemiplegia was not.
Tedious way back to life
As for many other patients, a tedious way back into life began for Claudia B. She spent a total of 18 weeks in a rehab clinic. While stroke symptoms and therapy and the type of rehab are similar in all age groups, young people have a better prognosis. "The goal of older people is often to avoid or reduce the need for long-term care," explained Bodechtel. “Younger people, on the other hand, want to be reintegrated into working life. The patients therefore often do several rehabs in order to achieve the best result. ”The transition from inpatient rehab, in which they are cared for all day, to outpatient care, if only a therapist comes occasionally, is stressful for many people. "After inpatient rehab, many fall into a hole," says Röther. Claudia B. is still affected, but: "I have accepted that things are no longer so easy and that I have to accept help." needs. "But I don't care now." (Ad)