The incidence of stroke in younger adults is rising, with approximately 5% of all ischaemic strokes occurring in individuals younger than 45 years and 10% occurring in those under 50. Causes and risk factor profiles among young ischaemic stroke patients differ significantly from those in elderly patients, and young patients frequently have genetic or other rare causes which require different diagnostic work-up and treatment strategies from older stroke patients.
While the aetiology, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke are commonly covered elsewhere, there is little literature referring specifically to the treatment needs for younger stroke patients.
Ischaemic Stroke in the Young brings together the latest research from leading stroke teams, and takes a detailed diagnostic approach to explore the issues particular to younger stroke victims. This problem-based approach complements existing stroke volumes, providing physicians and stroke service staff with the specific diagnostic and treatment information they need when dealing with younger stroke patients.
Turgut Tatlisumak is Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Neurology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lars Thomassen is Professor at the University of Bergen, Centre for Neurovascular Diseases, Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.