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World Stroke Day highlights risk at any age

Stroke can strike at any age
Stroke can strike at any age

KENDALL, Fla. – Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, which is the leading cause of serious long term disability in America.

While stroke is rare in young people, Dr. Italy Linfante, an interventional radiologist with the Miami Neuroscience Institute, said it can be especially devastating because the initial warning signs are often overlooked.

“Number one, in the beginning when an artery is blocked, a young person, especially a 20 year old, can compensate so the symptoms might be very mild in the beginning but this compensatory mechanisms won’t last. Eventually this mechanism will fail and when it failed the consequences are worse in a younger patient,” Linfante said.

Also in today’s health news, leg cramps are a common problem that have some simple solutions.

That’s because leg cramps can be caused by deficiencies in vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B-1, B-12, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Potassium.

But before you “self-diagnose” leg cramps and possible causes, visit with a physician for full testing to understand if a vitamin or mineral deficiency is the root cause.

About the Authors:

Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.