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People who average more than two alcoholic drinks a day have a 34% higher risk of stroke compared to those who average less than half a drink per day, according to a study published last 2016.

Research shows that drinking large amounts of alcohol can greatly increase your risk of having a stroke. This is because alcohol contributes to a number of medical conditions that are risk factors for stroke:

• High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke, contributing to over 50% of all strokes in the UK. Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure.

• Diabetes doubles your risk of stroke. Drinking alcohol can change the way your body responds to insulin – a hormone that helps use up the sugar in your blood. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.

• Being overweight increases your risk of having a stroke. Alcoholic drinks tend to be very high in calories, so regularly drinking lots of alcohol can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

• Atrial fibrillation and alco...

There is no such thing as being too young for stroke. Your stroke risk increases with age, but stroke in young people does happen, including infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. In general, however, most experts consider a young stroke age to be under 45.

According to recent studies, an apparent increasing trend in ischemic stroke among young adults, a figure that is particularly concerning when compared to the overall decrease in stroke incidence and mortality. Although certain rare risk factors have been suggested as possible causes, reports show that traditional risk factors for stroke actually may be overlooked in this population.

All stroke is caused by decreased blood supply to the brain. In older adults, the most frequent cause is a blood clot that forms inside the heart or a blood vessel, breaks loose, and travels to the brain. This type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. In young adult, however, common causes include infections, trauma, heart disorders, sickle...

Brain Aneurysm is the ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. It can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Most often a ruptured brain aneurysm occurs in the space between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain. This type of hemorrhagic stroke is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage.


A ruptured aneurysm quickly becomes life-threatening but most brain aneurysms, however, don't rupture, it may create health problems or cause symptoms. Such aneurysms are often detected during tests for other conditions.Treatment for an unruptured brain aneurysm may be appropriate in some cases and may prevent a rupture in the future.

Unruptured brain aneurysms are typically completely asymptomatic. These aneurysms are typically small in size, usually less than one half inch in diameter. However, large unruptured aneurysms can occasionally press on the brain or the nerves stemming out of the brain and may result in various neurological symptoms. Any indiv...

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