Luke Perry Dies at 52 after Massive Stroke: What You Should Know

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Is it too young to have a stroke? Luke Perry, an actor, was only 52 years old. He died today from complications five days after suffering a major stroke.

 

Perry was definitely not what you might consider old, unless your 10th birthday and believe that anyone over 17 is truly old. He has been an actor since his fame as Dylan McKay, and McKay’s sideburns in the TV series Beverly Hills 90210.he was still active. He was also a part of the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Kristy Swanson’s sidekick Oliver Pike.

Here’s a look back at his career, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.

 

He was most recently seen as Frederick Andrews (CW Series Riverdale).

It’s been awhile since Perry and his 90210 costar Jason Priestley inspired men across the country to grow their sideburns lower in the 1990’s. Perry, 52, was still younger than most of Hollywood’s leading men like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp.

Many people were shocked to hear that he suffered a massive stroke while at Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. The subsequent complications of his stroke that led to his death are causing even more reaction across social media platforms like this.

A stroke refers to an interruption in blood flow to a part of your brain. This causes brain cells to become starved of oxygen and blood, which in turn results in them becoming dehydrated. Your brain cells will die if they aren’t able to survive for longer than five minutes without oxygen.

It is okay to lose a few brain cells, which can be humorous for people who drink. However, if you lose too many brain cell in one area of your brain, it will cease to function. It could be the brain part that controls your right hand. It could be the part that controls memory. You may have difficulty remembering things. It could also affect your ability to breathe. You may even lose your ability to live if too much of your brain is affected.

Massive strokes are when large areas of the brain are affected. Your brain function could be affected. Because other parts of the brain may be trained to compensate for smaller strokes, it is easier to recover from minor ones. The more severe the stroke, the more difficult it is to recover. The prognosis for stroke victims is usually not good when they hear the term “massive”.

A transient ischemic stroke (TIA), is better than a stroke. However, neither should you ask for. A temporary blockage in blood flow to certain parts of the brain is called a TIA. TIA symptoms last less than 24 hours because the blood flow is eventually restored. A TIA should not go untreated. It may indicate that you are at risk for a stroke.

There are two types of strokes: hemorrhagic strokes and ischemic strokes. The first is when blood clots block blood flow through a vessel that supplies your brain. An embolic stroke is when the clot travels from another location. A thrombotic stroke occurs right at the spot where it forms. 87% of strokes are caused by ischemia (ischemia, which means “starved”). Hemorrhagic strokes, which are more common but often fatal, are less common. Hemorrhagic strokes (meaning “bleeding”) are caused by a blood vessel bursting or leaking. The vessel is unable to adequately transport blood to certain parts of the brain. Additionally, blood leaking from the vessel can cause further damage to surrounding brain tissue due to pressure and inflammation. A hemorrhagic stroke can cause more severe strokes , which accounts for about 40% of all stroke deaths .

Was Perry too young to have a stroke? This can happen to anyone, unfortunately. A stroke can happen even if a child is not yet born. According to the National Stroke Association stroke is one of the leading causes of death for children. Although puberty can seem to be the most difficult part of childhood, stroke risk is highest in the period right before and after birth. Strokes can occur in infants with underlying conditions like heart defects, sickle cell disease, disorders of the arteries, or clotting disorders. The risk of stroke can be increased by an infection in the amniotic fluid, premature rupture of membranes during pregnancy, high blood pressure, injury to the neck or head, and other factors such as: One stroke in every 4,000 live births will result in a stroke. A stroke will affect 11 of 100,000 children aged 0-18 years old each year.

The risk of stroke in adults increases with age. Take a look at data from Circulation 2016 and presented by the American Heart Association. The risk of stroke is lower among people aged 20-39 years. However, it’s not zero. 0.2% and 0.7% of those who were in this age bracket suffered from strokes. The risk increases for those aged 40-59 years, where it rises to 1.9% and 2.2% respectively. For those aged 60- to 79 years, the numbers are even higher at 6.1% and 5.2% respectively. The stroke rate is higher among people aged 80 and older (15.8% vs 14.0%, respectively).

Perry’s stroke isn’t uncommon, but it’s not unusual. The National Stroke Association warns about strokes among younger adults, with “15%” of ischemic strokes occurring in adolescents and young adults. The National Stroke Association warns that stroke has been on the rise among young Americans, with 44% more people being hospitalized for stroke in the past decade.

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