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Stroke In Young Adults

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can’t get the oxygen it needs and starts to die. If it lasts for a long time, there can be permanent damage.

Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat.

And it’s not just happening in older patients. Just ask Xanna Bailey, who suffered a stroke in her early 20s. In this WLTX report, listen to Xanna share her story and hear why Dr. Wesley Frierson of our ER says it’s important to recognize stroke symptoms quickly.

To learn more about stroke care at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/Stroke