Strokes increasing in teens

10:28 PM, Apr 7, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bailey Carlson attends therapy five days a week at Abbott Northwestern. Her hands and wrists often get tired during exercises but she's come a long way from seven months ago. 

In September of last year the then 16-year-old was at school when she suddenly collapsed.

"I got a text that said Bailey was at the hospital,' Jennifer Carlson, Bailey's mom said. 

Doctors who treated Bailey could not figure out was wrong with her.

"It was scary. It was three days of "why don't you know what's wrong with our daughter?'" Jennifer said. 

An MRI finally showed that Bailey suffered a stroke. It showed the blood vessels on the left side of Bailey's brain were narrow compared to the right, according to Dr. Murali Krishnamurthy who was Bailey's attending physician.

"She suffered a very large stroke affecting the temporal parietal region of the brain and extending almost to the inner core of the brain itself," Krishnamurthy said.

Bailey isn't the only teenager who has come to the hospital with a stroke. Krishnamurthy said in the last six months he has seen three patients ranging in age from 18 to 16.

According to the Centers for Disease Control stroke hospitalization rose sharply among men and women ages 15 to 44. Researchers don't have an exact explanation but say it may be linked o the Nation's growing obesity epidemic.

Jennifer said her family has made diet changes because she fears Bailey could have another stoke. But the now 17-year-old Bailey said she will work her hardest to make sure a stroke doesn't happen again.

 

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