26 – that’s the number of new stroke cases occurring in Singapore every day, according to SingHealth. And in case you weren’t aware, stroke is the fourth most common cause of death here, accounting for over 10 per cent of all deaths.
Similar to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a stroke tends to be branded as an “old person’s problem” that we’ll worry about later on in life. We’re sorry to burst your bubble, but a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime. According to this Straits Times report, one in 10 stroke patients in Singapore are below 50 years old.
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“There is a common misconception that stroke only impacts people later in life, but that is not the case. Stroke does not discriminate,” says Professor Bruce Campbell, Chair of Australia’s Stroke Foundation Clinical Council.
“It can happen to anyone at any age – even babies, children and healthy young adults can have strokes. The incidence of stroke in younger adults is on the rise, largely due to lifestyle factors,” he said.
Here’s everything you need to know about stroke, and the warning signs to beware of:
Text: Bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting: Atika Lim & Elizabeth Liew