Too Young To Have A Stroke? Think Again.
CHARLOTTE, NC- Stoke patients in their 20’s and 30’s are nixing the notion that you're too young to have a stroke.
"My hand was making a really bad jerking movement and I actually had to grab and hold it for it to stop," said Melissa Loflin, a Mooresville resident.
Loflin is a 31 year-old stroke, who says she'll never forget halloween night.
"The left side of my face at the same time kind of had a numb sensation to it. And I remember thinking to myself 'It could be a stroke because it's all one side. But then I thought I'm too young. I'm only 31 so there's no way that's what it is," said Loflin.
A blood clot traveled to her brain leaving her partially paralyzed on her left side.
Six months later, she's making progress.
Vascular neurologist Jodi Dodds says she sees one to two stroke patients a week in their 20's and 30's.
"A lot of them say, if I had known that I could be having a stroke, I would have called 911. I wouldn't have gone back to bed thinking it would be better once I woke up the next morning, because it may be too late in the morning" said Dodds of the Presbyterian Neurology Center.
Dr. Dodds says common stroke symptoms like slurred speech, vision loss, and sudden severe headaches shouldn't be ignored.
"Strokes should be thought about as a possibility instead of being overlooked just because the person is healthy," said Dodds.
Melissa's experience has opened her up to possibilities she hadn't considered before.
"I look at it as a second chance in life. I've told people I feel like God pressed by reset button to start over," said Loflin.
PRESBYTERIAN'S STROKE CENTER IS HOSTING IT'S FIRST YOUNG STROKE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP ON MAY 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at 1918 Randolph Road, Suite 400.
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