“Tara was part of a disturbing health trend, according to a Washington Post piece that ran a month after she had the stroke. After years of declining in the elderly, the paper reported, strokes are rising among younger adults.” – The New York Times
Stroke happens not only to elderly people; this New York Times column tells a story about an athletically fit young adult who had a stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. One American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, on average.”
There’s a lot more about stroke at the National Stroke Association Website.