About young stroke toolbox
This website is specially designed for people who have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, cerebrovascular accident, or abnormality of the blood vessels in the brain at a young age (under 50 years old).
Stroke at a young age
Cardiovascular disease is most common in people over the age of 50. However, every year about 5000 people between the ages of 18 and 50 suffer a stroke, i.e. a cerebrovascular accident or cerebral hemorrhage. Because the disease affects them at a young age, it has a major impact on their daily life in their families and at work.
Why pay special attention to young people who have experienced a cerebrovascular accident or cerebral hemorrhage?
- In young patients with cardiovascular disease, there may sometimes be a cause other than the known risk factors for arterial calcification (atherosclerosis). That is why each young patient is discussed in a multidisciplinary consultation involving a neurologist, vascular internist, cardiologist, gynecologist, and nursing specialist.
- Most studies on the consequences for and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease are conducted with older patients. By systematically collecting data from young patients, doctors gain more insight into the consequences of and treatments for cardiovascular disease in these young patients.
- Young patients with cardiovascular disease sometimes encounter different things than older patients, such as problems within the family, family planning, pregnancy, returning to work, sports, mortgages, etc.