Hailey Baldwin Bieber is recovering after developing a blood clot that moved to her brain, a health problem that is happening in “younger and younger people” says a vascular neurologist.
Bieber, 25, shared on Saturday that she was eating breakfast with husband Justin Bieber on Thursday morning when she “started having stroke-like symptoms and was taken to the hospital.”
There, doctors found that she had “suffered a very small blood clot” to her brain, which led to a “small lack of oxygen.” Bieber’s body was able to pass the blood clot on its own, she explained, and she “recovered completely within a few hours.”
Blood clots like Bieber’s can form “for different reasons,” both environmental and genetic, Dr. Shazam Hussain, the director of the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic, tells PEOPLE.
“It’s important to know your health and any potential risk factors you might have for strokes, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, difficulty with sugars … When we have younger people having a stroke, we will look for things that would cause their blood to have a tendency to clot — it could be hereditary and run in their families.”
This article reads like a PSA from People Magazine.
Situations like Bieber’s are something that everyone should watch out for, young and old, Hussain says.
“We think of stroke as being something that happens in older ages, but we are seeing it in younger and younger people,” he says. “It relates, generally, to people having unhealthy lifestyles, maybe not eating as well or not getting in regular exercise, along with other factors like genetics. So it’s important that people don’t just think of it as something that happens to older people. If you’re younger and have those symptoms, you’ve got to get to the hospital.”
So all of the sudden, stroke-like symptoms and blood clots in younger people are being normalized. This is being treated as a spontaneous development–as if people just suddenly started leading unhealthy lifestyles, or their genetics suddenly got bad.
Hussain also notes that while COVID-19 illness has been shown to cause blood clots, “fortunately most people don’t run into that issue.” Still, it’s again important to know the symptoms of strokes and get medical attention right away if anything like that happens.
For anyone concerned about their risk of stroke or blood clots, it’s key to get regular checkups with a physician, make sure you don’t have high blood pressure, stick to a healthy diet, get in exercise and keep cholesterol in control, Hussain says. He also recommends looking at the site strokeawareness.com — and quitting smoking, if anyone still is. “Smoking is the other major risk factor — there’s no good reason to smoke, so you want to quit.”
People Magazine just thought they’d give you a heads up that, for reasons that are not particularly clear, you may be at risk for a stroke or a blood clot sometime in the near future.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the vaccines that everyone got over the past year. It’s a total coincidence.