Neurologists used to think of them that way, too – until they started seeing a surprising increase in strokes among younger people, according Michel Torbey, MD, MPH, chair of UNM’s Department of Neurology.
“When we were in training, the idea that you would think of stroke as a differential diagnosis for someone before 40 was unusual,” Torbey says. “It was associated with someone who had a genetic predisposition to form clots. But now, it’s really not even a question that young people can have strokes.”
Several factors appear to be contributing to the problem.