Health rehabilitation center hosts stroke awareness event


CIARA: MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH. 22NEWS REPORTER SY BECKER WENT TO A LUDLOW FACILITY THAT TREATS STROKE PATIENTS, AND FOUND THEY’VE HAD SOME VERY SUCCESSFUL RECOVERIES. SY BECKER: IN JUST THE PAST TWO WEEKS, STROKES TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE IN SHOW BUSINESS; ACTOR LUKE PERRY, AND OSCAR NOMINATED DIRECTOR JOHN SINGLETON WERE BOTH IN THEIR EARLY FIFTIES. THEY’RE AMONG THE MORE THAN 800- THOUSAND AMERICANS WHO’LL SUFFER A STROKE THIS YEAR A STROKE HAPPENS WHEN THE FLOW OF BLOOD TO THE BRAIN IS INTERRUPTED. STROKE PATENTS ARE TREATED AT ENCOMPASS HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL IN LUDLOW, WHICH HELD A STROKE AWARENESS HEALTH FAIR THURSDAY. ELAINE HODGMAN SUFFERED A STROKE WHEN SHE WAS 43 YEARS OLD… ELAINE: IT WAS DEVASTATING, IT CHANGED MY WHOLE FAMILIES LIFE, IT WAS SCARY BEYOND BELIEF BECAUSE THEY TOLD ME I WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN.. SY BECKER: ELAINE HAS SINCE MADE A REMARKABLE RECOVERY. STROKE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF SERIOUS LONG TERM DISABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. SPEECH THERAPIST JOHN HUNT TOLD 22NEWS, HOW PEOPLE SHOULD RECOGNIZE A T-I-A, WHICH IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A “TEMPORARY,” OR “MINI-STROKE.” JOHN: LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE THEM, YOU HAVE THE SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE BUT ITS COMES AND GOES IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. IT’S PRECURSOR TO A REAL STROKE.. SY BECKER: WHILE RESEARCHERS ARE STILL WORKING ON PREVENTION, JOHN HUNT SAID TREATMENT HAS COME A LONG WAY TO HELP SURVIVORS LEAD AS NORMAL A LIFE AS POSSIBLE. THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT A STROKE IS TO LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, AND TO WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO MONITOR YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. IN LUDLOW SY BECKER, 22NEWS

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