Stroke Kills Nearly 130,000 Americans Each Year

The statistics are frightening.  On average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes.  Like a stain on the rug, strokes don't just come and go.  They often leave a mark.

"I can't use my left arm,” said stroke survivor, Mindy Adams.  “It just hangs there.  I'm constantly banging it into doorways and doors."

Laughing about it keeps Mindy Adams from heartache.  She remembers her stroke like it happened yesterday.

"I was in my bedroom, sitting on the bed, and I fell off the bed,” said Adams.  “And I couldn't get back up."

Mindy is lucky to be alive.  According to the CDC, strokes kill more 100,000 Americans each year. 

"My mother had 2.  Her second one killed her."

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted, depriving the brain of oxygen.  Neurologist Rana Mahmood says this causes the brain to struggle with providing it's natural instructions to the body. 

"If the vessel is blocked or ruptured, it can cause neurological deficits,” said Dr. Mahmood.

Like trouble with speaking, comprehending, seeing, and paralysis. These attacks can be induced by a number of chronic medical conditions.

"Hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol that goes unchecked," said Dr. Mahmood

Most of these conditions are preventable.

"Exercise regularly and eat healthy," said Dr. Mahmood.

And Mindy is doing just that.  She's even encouraging others to do the same.

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