Local doctor says stroke becoming more common in young women

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Studies show strokes happen more often in older people. But a local doctor says they are also becoming more common in young women.

Dr. Elad Levy, Kaleida Health Director of Stroke Services says he has seen strokes in women as young as their late 20’s to early 30’s.

He says a combination of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet choices, smoking, dehydration, birth control and diet supplements can lead to very serious or fatal strokes.
Those were some of the consistent factors that were seen in young women suffering from stroke here in western New York.
He says he also sees stroke in women in their late 40’s and 50’s.

“I think when we first started treating stroke really we saw a cohort of patients that were olde or sicker or had heart problems. And within the last few years we started seeing a much more diverse group of patients and what was shocking is when we see young relatively health women come in with strokes,” said Dr. Levy.

Dr. Levy says some of the best things you can do to prevent having a stroke include exercising, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and not taking diet supplements.

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