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Stroke is often considered an illness of old age, but many younger people are also affected by stroke. In fact, the number of younger people having a stroke is increasing. About 1 in 4 people who have a stroke are below the age of 65.
Many parts of recovery and rehabilitation after stroke are similar regardless of age. However, there are some issues that may be more relevant to younger people after stroke. In particular these include:
Connecting with other people who share similar experiences can be a very helpful part of your recovery. CHSS has support groups across Scotland. These groups are run by people who have also been affected by a stroke or other long-term condition. To find out if there is a group near you, call the Advice Line nurses.
For more information see the CHSS booklet Stroke in younger people (PDF). We also have information for children.
Many strokes can be prevented. Everyone can reduce their risk of stroke by making a few simple lifestyle changes. For example, exercising regularly, eating healthily and getting your blood pressure checked.
For more information about how you can reduce your risk of stroke see the CHSS booklet Reducing the risk of stroke (PDF).