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Are children at risk for strokes?

The rate of stroke in newborns is the same as the rate of stroke in adults over age 75, which is 1 in 5,000.

The strokes in newborns are due to the makeup of the baby's blood. An infant's blood is twice as dense as an adult's blood, which can lead to clotting. It is also possible that a newborn may have a heart defect, which can cause blood to pool around the heart.

Because stroke is difficult to diagnose in children, the statistics for the rate of strokes in children are inexact, but it is believed that strokes occur in three of every 10,000 people between the ages of 1 month and 18 years old.

Strokes among children are evenly split between hemorrhagic and ischemic, and treatment is especially difficult because drugs approved for the treatment of strokes are only approved for adult use.

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