WSSU Center to Host Young Stroke Awareness Conference

Date:  October 31, 2013

Time:  1 pm

Summary:  Amy Edmunds, founder and executive director of YoungStroke, Inc., will serve as the keynote speaker for a Young Stroke Awareness Conference presented by the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) on Thursday, October 31, from 1 until 5 p.m. in the McNeil Banquet Hall of the Anderson Conference Center on the university campus.


Ms. Amy EdmundsThe conference, which is free and open to the community, is designed to educate and raise awareness of the increasing global prevalence of stroke among younger adults.  While strokes still are most common in individuals over 65 years of age, new research suggests that lifestyles of young people are increasingly placing them at risk.  Some of those risk factors include obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Studies are also indicating that drug abuse my lead to stroke in the younger population.

Since experiencing a stroke in 2002 at the age of 43, Edmunds has been a survivor advocate for the unmet needs for other survivors between the ages of 20 and 65.  In 2005, she founded YoungStroke, Inc. as part of her graduate studies and, in 2010, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty as a lecturer of health communications.

In addition to the education initiatives of YoungStroke, Inc., the nonprofit organization also is conducting a research initiative to document the experience of young stroke survivors within the 28 coastal counties of South Carolina.  

On a national basis, the Center for Disease Control found that between 1995 and 2008, the number of Americans ages 15 to 44 hospitalized for stroke rose by more than one-third.  Another study showed between 1993 and 2005, among individuals ages 20 to 54, the rate rose from 26 strokes to 48 for every 100,000 in the white population. Among African Americans, it climbed from 83 to 128 per 100,000.

Categories:  Community Connections, Health and Wellness, Lectures and Readings

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