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Do only older people have strokes?

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Even children have strokes. In fact, 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent of people between 40 and 60 years old have had strokes. But most people who have a stroke are over 65. Risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes, place some people at much higher risk for stroke than others.

 

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