Vim & Vigor - Summer 2013 - North Mississippi - (Page 18)
How four unlikely stroke
victims beat harrowing odds to
f there’s one thing the following stroke survivors would tell you, it’s this: A stroke can
happen to anyone. Period. A stroke doesn’t
discriminate based on age, where you live or
whether you’re on your honeymoon (just ask
John Kawie). In fact, a new study found that the stroke
rate has almost doubled for adults younger than 55,
a group that includes these four survivors.
That’s why it’s so important to know the warning
signs of a stroke, says Emil Matarese, MD, a clinical neurologist and a spokesman for the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
And the following survivors have made it their mission to spread the word through their stories.
BY COLLEEN RINGER
SU M M E R 2 013
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