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26-Year-Old Twins Suffer From Strokes Months Apart, Doctors Say It Wasn't Genetic

Two women, who are twins, had strokes just months apart at age 26, but doctors believe it is not due to genetics.

Kathryn Tucker was the first twin to have a stroke. She felt "sharp pain" on the right side of the back of her head one night before she went to bed. The pain impeded her vision and caused numbness.

As her condition worsened, her brother took her to the hospital where they said she had a migraine with an aura.

She returned home, went to sleep for three days, and awoke distorted.

"I was absolutely terrified…I slept for three days straight. Then, when I woke up, my vision was horrible. Everything was distorted and one-dimensional. I could barely get around," she said.

Knowing something was obviously wrong, she went to an urgent care facility where she learned that she had suffered from a stroke.

After learning of her sister's stroke, Kimberly Tucker returned home from school to help care for her. But in April, nine months later, she also suffered a stroke.

Vascular neurologist Dr. Joni Clark said the fraternal twins did not have a stroke due to genetic factors, as they had no family history of it.

"Honestly, it's rare for us to actually evaluate two sisters who've had strokes within months of each other…if they had a family history, it would not be a surprise. It's quite uncommon…we see this mainly among young people who have risk factors that you should see in elderly patients," Clark said. 

But Clark said the number of young people with stroke is rising.

"Here at Barrow, we see a huge population of stroke patients - and, in my own experience, which is anecdotal, I see a fair number of young people with stroke…the majority are spontaneous."

Doctors say lack of exercise, taking birth control pills and smoking raises the risk of stroke amongst younger people.

"You'd also be surprised how many young adults don't exercise…it's sad, because the rise is due to good, old stroke risk factors that shouldn't happen when they are young," Clark said.

Kimberly Tucker said the stroke was a wake-up call.

"Don't think you are impervious to stroke…we think we are invincible until we are not. This taught us a huge lesson that we are not guaranteed great health and we need to take care of our bodies."

Sources: Inquisitr, Free-i-News


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