Journal article

Risk factors for stroke due to cerebral infarction in young adults

RX You, JJ McNeil, HM OMalley, SM Davis, AG Thrift, GA Donnan

Stroke | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1997

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke in the young is particularly tragic because of the potential for a lifetime of disablement. More than 10% of patients with stroke due to cerebral infarction are aged 55 years or younger. While a number of studies have addressed the issue of stroke mechanism in the young, quantitation of risk factors has rarely been undertaken. Given the importance of risk factor assessment in primary prevention, we aimed to assess this using case-control methodology in a hospital-based series and community-based control subjects. METHODS: A total of 201 consecutive patients with first-onset stroke due to cerebral infarction aged 15 to 55 years (mean, 45.5 years) were accrued fr..

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