Frankie Muniz stroke has opened up the question, are strokes typically something that happens to the elderly or are young adults having them too.
Dr. Richard B. Libman, vice chair of neurology at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, New York tells CBS News, “Strokes have been noted to having an increased frequency in young adults without a clear cause. Historically stroke has been thought to as a disease of the elderly with increased risk associated with those with preexistent atherosclerotic and heart disease.”
According to Science Daily, “the percentage of people 20 to 45 having a stroke was up to 7.3 percent in 2005 from 4.5 percent in 1993-1994.”
Truth be told, a stroke can happen to anyone, at any time. A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain stops or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and fill spaces around the brain with blood.
Frankie Muniz suffered from a mini stroke known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A mini stroke begins like a regular stroke, but symptoms of it start to disappear within the hour or so.
The Mayo Clinic says clear signs that you might be having a stroke can include headaches, paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg and trouble with walking, speaking, understanding people or seeing in one or both eyes.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks, according to statistics by the Stroke Center.
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Frankie Muniz, who just turned 27-years old, talked about his recent health scare, “I couldn’t say words. I thought I was saying them. My fiancé was looking at me as if I was speaking a foreign language,” Muniz recalled, saying he was riding his motorcycle in Phoenix on Friday when he lost his vision in one eye and his body became numb.
Frankie Muniz tweeted about his health scare, “I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a ‘mini stroke,’ which was not fun at all.”
The Malcolm in the Middle star added, “Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!”
TMZ reports that Frankie Muniz band Kingsfoil is set to begin touring on Friday, but he is currently under doctor’s orders to take it easy.
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