Stroke in the Young: Epidemiology

  • G. Savettieri
  • G. Cuccia
  • G. Salemi
Conference paper


For long time the attention of epidemiologists focused mainly on the distribution, analysis of risk factors, and prognosis of stroke in old patients [1, 2]. This was because of the progressive increase of stroke frequency with advancing age and the high disability and mortality that follow a stroke episode. In recent years, growing knowledge of the distribution and clinical features of stroke in adults, and evidence of a progressive decrease of its frequency [1, 2], have progressively shifted the interest of epidemiologists towards stroke affecting young patients. This topic has revealing peculiar features. The frequency of the various subtypes and the principal causes of stroke, and also prognosis and preventive measures, appear in part different in younger patients compared to older patients [3]. An exhaustive knowledge of these peculiarities is of the utmost importance because of the long life expectancy for a young patient, who needs information on the possibility of recovering from a physical handicap, on the recurrence risk, and, particularly, on the likelihood of regaining the ability to work.


Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum Steroid Hormone Contraception Tissue Plasminogen Activator Antigen Chemic Stroke 
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