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Stroke Prevention

by Jane Smith

Posted on January 5, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

You wouldn't know Marjory Jenkins suffered a stroke just four days ago.
The 82 year old's speech was slurred on New Year's Day while she spoke to her sister on the phone. Jenkins' daughter, Ruth, a speech therapist, noticed the sign immediately and called 911.
That call may have saved her Mom's life.
Jenkins was rushed to Providence where a CT scan revealed several small clots in several arteries. Jenkin's condition worsened. Doctors gave her a drug called TPA enzyme that dissolves blood clots. The catch is TPA has to be admininstered within the first three hours of a stroke.
Today, as Jenkins was discharged from the hospital, there was little evidence of a stroke.
Her doctor says Jenkins is proof strokes don't have to be debiliatating. You can stop the effects if get help immediately.
Here are the symptoms: weakness or numbness, clumsiness or dizziness, difficulty speaking/understanding and the worst headache you've ever felt.
If you notice these symptoms, don't assume they'll 911.
*Doctors are quick to point out TPA only works in newly formed clots.

A few ways to prevent a stroke include exercise, eating healthy, don't smoke and keep your weight down.