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Stroke Victim Regains Health

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A stroke takes place when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel. Blood-flow to the brain then stops and brain damage occurs. 

"I just got off the phone and stood up," says stroke victim, Wayne Kluck. "And all of a sudden I couldn't move my mouth or talk. Then my left arm started to go numb."

When Kluck suffered his stroke, he says it was a pretty frightening experience. 

"I know going down to the hospital, in the vehicle, you start thinking like how the heck am I gonna live this way," says Kluck. 

Doctors say, when a stroke occurs it's important to act quickly. A fast response is crucial because hospitals only have a small window of time to administer the right medication. 

"There are three to four and a half hours in which we can give the clot-buster medication," says St. Alexius Neurologist Dr. Farhan Tariq. "They are life saving. There's a clot sitting there and we use that medication to dissolve that clot."

"After they administered the clot-buster, they had to get my wife's permission for that, but within two hours I was fully recovered," says Kluck. 

Even though Wayne had an unusually fast recovery from the stroke, he still had to change the way he ate. Doctors say there is always a chance of having a second stroke, so preventing that starts with diet. 

"Low salt, high potassium," says Dr. Tariq. "People can live longer because they use this diet, and they have less risk factor for the stroke."

It's all about recognizing the symptoms, and acting quickly when it comes to strokes. Making it to the hospital in that three to four and a half hour window could save a life. 

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