Average age of stroke drops from 71 to 65

POSTED: 06:56 PM MDT Oct 10, 2012 
IDAHO FALLS -

The Cleveland Clinic indicates the jump in age is from 71 years down to 65. However, local doctors say the causes of stroke have not changed.

An Idaho Falls neurologist, Dr. Erich Garland, said younger people are becoming more aware of the stroke symptoms. Some of these symptoms include numbness or tingling on one side of the body and vision loss. He also explained how you can reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke.

"Most strokes can be prevented by altering lifestyle. Exercising reduces your risk of stroke, getting your blood pressure and diabetes in control, hypertension or high blood pressure is going to remain a risk factor for stroke," said Garland.

Garland also says to look out for migraines and to see your physician for checkups regularly.