Report: More young adults suffering from strokes
Dr. Ernest Patti weighs in
- Duration 3:19
- Date Oct 13, 2012
Dr. Ernest Patti weighs in
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Any significant jump in the number of young adults suffering strokes in this country researchers finding Nick Young strokes.
Could be due to a number of risk factors high blood pressure diabetes smoking lots of other things to what do we need to know here.
Doctor Ernest Patti joins us senior attending physician of emergency medicine at Saint -- this hospital in the Bronx great to see now you've removed -- wondering you've got it right here in front of you.
-- -- -- members show us with his visual aid.
What is a stroke -- basically stroke is like supply and demand situation the brain demands blood.
And we have the heart has to supply and this is a cross section of the brain.
And what you see here is arterial supply to the brain tissue from a stroke is a small or the strokes -- we're talking about here is a small.
Piece of debris plaque.
Clock blockage that travels upstream and eventually gets stuck in one of the a smaller arteries in the brain now -- -- -- -- blockage.
It's no blood supply.
And then basically stops functioning so you have what kind of damage you have you can have damage to your speech to your movement to your thought process your ability to communicate.
Depending on which portion of the brain is affected.
Now why is this happening to younger people these days -- that the study was an exciting one and it looked at factors such as smoking diabetes hypertension -- -- the big one.
This this they're looking at as being a a key player in causing strokes in the younger population also what happens to his.
-- ability to diagnose strokes is include improving.
We using a lot more MRI now were able to pick up smaller folks that maybe we might have missed in the past about recreational drugs because young people do a lot of recreational drugs are definitely implicated drugs like cocaine cause severe business -- and what they do is cause basis thousand -- -- artery like this.
Can be your heart -- -- being your brain and when it's in your brain you'll get a stroke the artery clamps down because it has muscles -- side that the cocaine -- -- And it's like having a blockage there's no flow distillate kid can this cause other things like brain and -- Well the drugs like cocaine what if you haven't -- -- ism that you may not know about because and and -- ism is basically just a small weakening of the vessel.
The cocaine can increase your blood pressure.
And also -- -- spasm and all the ports of the artery leading to rupture of this particular -- don't smoke cigarettes.
So don't you know recreational drugs exactly and you know be in shape -- be overweight exactly exercise.
No smoking smoking's one of the biggest -- with hypertension you have to stay in shape -- you have to care for your body.
Doctors -- still matter if you get to the hospital quickly because within the first couple hours if you're really having a stroke.
Hopefully you recognize the symptoms you can get some sort of injection if that's team we used drugs called from a Linux which -- drugs that go into the area where the blockages.
And basically likes it or break it up.
It's sort of like a chemical rotor -- to make better description there so it's key to get to the hospital get their quick.
And many times we can treat you quickly and which may actually lessen the symptoms and the severity of the of the stroke and that stock will be at the hospital to get -- really takes over -- college so -- you know I've been here you're the head of the emergency unit and yet you call -- and and do overnights as well.
And as -- male I enjoy clinical medicine that's that's the beauty of -- journey patty's save part of this hospital in the -- great to see if things.