Surviving a Stroke

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Ten years ago K.C. Sanders suffered a stroke. She was just 36-years-old.

"I had just gotten up, [and was] getting ready for work and had an extremely bad headache. I thought it was just another migraine which I had a history of. I was getting ready for work and knew I was going to faint."

Her husband rushed her to the doctor, who immediately sent her to the E-R -- all within two hours of her first symptoms.

"If you arrive within three hours we have a medicine, called TPA, which is a clot busting medicine which is shown to improve outcomes immediately," explains Sparrow Hospital neurologist Dr. Rishi Gupta.

He says most victims often wait too long before calling 911. And the longer you wait the more damage to the brain. So it's wise to know what symptoms to look out for.

"Those include half the body [becoming] weak, half the body [becoming] numb, or patients [complaining] of visual loss or difficulty talking."

"I listened to my body and knew get to the doctor, and see what it is. If it's not something, go home. Otherwise he'll know where to send me," says Sanders.

Risk factors for a stroke include, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heredity. A stroke happens when a blood clot forms in the artery of the brain.

"As it gets lodged there's no blood flow to the brain, and the tissue in the brain dies," says Dr. Gupta.

After her stroke, Sanders was left with no feeling in her left side. Her short-term memory isn't great. But she is able to speak and walk again.

"I don't accept this as my final recovery. I know there's more. So I strive and move forward."

For more information on strokes, tune in Thursday, June 7th at 7:00pm to WILX-TV for "Brain Attack: Stroke Survival Guide." You can learn more about risk factors, symptoms, and recovery.


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