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Strokes are increasing among younger adults

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Strokes can happen to anyone, and catching a stroke early can make all the difference in treatment and long-term recovery.

In the last 30 years, incidents of stroke have declined for adults 75 and older but increased for those under 49. Dr. Enrique Leira shares how people can identify strokes early, common risk factors, and the lasting effects strokes can have. Leira says strokes are often not painful, so patients don’t always understand the urgency of an event.

Sudden changes such as loss of vision, mobility, speaking, thinking or feeling can be indicators of a stroke. Recognizing a stroke and acting immediately is critical to restoring brain function after the stroke, as it is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.

Later in the hour, comedian Megan Gogerty previews her new play Chipmunk’d. The one-woman show is a “sexy comedy about existential dread” that depicts issues of modern life and how people cope with an uncertain fate, based on Gogerty’s experience of being bitten by a chipmunk. The comedy will premiere at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on Sept. 9.


  • Enrique Leira, professor of neurology and head of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at University of Iowa Health Care 
  • Megan Gogerty, comedian, playwright, associate professor of theatre arts at University of Iowa 
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Natalie Dunlap is a rising junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and minoring in gender, women's & sexuality studies. She is from Iowa City and in her free time enjoys getting coffee and reading downtown with friends.