Health Tip: Risk Factors for Stroke in Kids

(HealthDay News) -- Adult strokes are commonly caused by high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and a hardening of the arteries. But these conditions are rare in children, the National Stroke Association says.

Stroke can occur at any age. The risk among children is highest after the first year of birth and remains among the top 10 causes of death in children, the association says.

It mentions these common risk factors for stroke among children:

  • Heart defects present at birth.

  • Sickle-cell disease.

  • Immune disorders.

  • Diseases of the arteries.

  • Abnormal blood clotting.

  • Head or neck trauma.

  • Mother's history of infertility.

  • Mother's infection in the fluid surrounding the unborn.

  • Pregnancy-related high blood pressure in the mother.