There is no uniform criterion to define the entity “young stroke” in scientific literature.
Amy Edmunds is a thought leader who changes the way we view stroke.
As an NIH-funded researcher, Amy evangelizes the unmet needs of young adult stroke survivors on such global platforms as the World Stroke Congress and the International Stroke Conference. She serves as the first American stroke survivor elected by international peers to the Board of Directors of the World Stroke Organization – the world’s leading organization in the fight against stroke.
Amy is an award-winning contributor to Stroke Connection Magazine – an online publication of American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
YoungStroke 2015 – the first international scientific conference to exclusively raise awareness about the management and treatment of stroke among young adults – was envisioned and executed by her to include healthcare professionals comingled with the survivor community.
As a cryptogenic stroke survivor since 2002, she established YoungStroke, Inc. as an outcome of her graduate studies in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization. Its mission benefits other survivors and their caregivers.