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Stroke in Young Adults

SYDNEY LOUIS, M.D.; and FLETCHER MCDOWELL, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):932-938. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-932
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Identification of a stroke-prone individual before cerebral infarction is of great importance in solving the problem of prophylaxis of atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease. The lesion underlying most cerebrovascular disease is atherosclerosis, which involves nearly all of the population before old age (1, 2). The rate of development of atherosclerosis is highly variable. The identification of the individual who is developing significant atherosclerosis and who is liable to have a cerebral infarction would enable a more sensible use of present suggestions for therapy, nearly all of which are prophylactic. To begin to define stroke proneness, we have reviewed our records and have

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