Can children suffer from a stroke?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Although it is much less common, children can suffer from strokes. About 6 children in every 100,000 have a stroke each year. In adults, major risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and obesity. In children, common causes of stroke include infections, birth defects, and blood disorders.

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