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Stroke in Young & Middle-Aged Adults: Ages 18 to 64

presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

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Financial: Barbra Lutz is funded as a co-investigator through patient-centered outcomes research institute (PCORI) and national institutes of health.


 Non-Financial: Barbra Lutz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Approximately one-third of those hospitalized with stroke are under the age of 65. African Americans are approximately twice as likely to experience a stroke at a younger age when compared to Whites. The needs of younger stroke survivors are often very different from those of older stroke survivors. This course provides an overview of the prevalence of "young stroke." The unique needs of young stroke survivors and their families are discussed, and recommendations for nurses and other health care providers for identifying and addressing the needs of younger stroke survivors are highlighted. Examples of novel programs for young stroke survivors are included.

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Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 30+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers…

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1. Prevalence and Causes of Stroke in Young and Middle-Aged Adults

Stroke is often viewed as a condition that occurs in older populations, i.e., those 65 and older. However, stroke is increasingly occurring in young adults (under the age of 65). In this chapter, the prevalence and causes of “young stroke” are described. Implications of the increases in this demographic are discussed.

2. Needs and Concerns of Younger Adult Stroke Survivors and Their Family Members

Young stroke survivors’ needs and concerns are often different from those of older stroke survivors. In this chapter, the needs and concerns of young stroke survivors and their family members are described. Research exploring these varying needs is discussed, and special areas of concern are highlighted.

3. Strategies for Addressing Needs of Younger Adult Stroke Survivors

This chapter includes strategies for addressing the unique needs of younger stroke survivors. Recommendations for addressing concerns about returning to work and driving are highlighted. Examples of novel programs developed to address the needs of this population are provided.

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