Ischaemic stroke in young adults: a global perspective
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SourceJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 91, 4, (2020), pp. 411-417
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
SubjectRadboudumc 3: Disorders of movement DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Ischaemic stroke at young age is an increasing problem in both developing and developed countries due to rising incidence, high morbidity and mortality and long-term psychological, physical and social consequences. Compared with stroke in older adults, stroke in young adults is more heterogeneous due to the wide variety of possible underlying risk factors and aetiologies. In this review, we will provide an overview of the global variation in the epidemiology of stroke in young adults, with special attention to differences in geography, ethnicity/race and sex, as well as traditional and novel risk factors for early-onset ischaemic stroke, such as air pollution. Understanding global differences is an important prerequisite for better region-specific prevention and treatment of this devastating condition.
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