Strokes can strike at any age

Doctors say the rise in the number of younger stroke patients could be a reflection of lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet and obesity

Luke Perry, the actor known for his role in Beverly Hills, 90210, died aged 52 of a massive stroke earlier this month. Mr Ben Goi, the son of Singapore's Popiah King, also died from the same cause at 43 last month.

A stroke is what happens when blood supply to the brain is restricted by a blocked or ruptured artery.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Strokes can strike at any age'. Print Edition | Subscribe