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A Stroke Can Happen to Anyone

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die.

Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk.

As this story from WIS-TV shows, stroke can happen to anyone – including a seemingly healthy 25-year-old.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

Bump Day: Pregnancy at 21 Weeks

WLTX morning news anchor Ashley Izbicki is expecting her first baby. We’re happy to help share this exciting time with her by offering advice from our OB/GYNs about pregnancy in the TV station’s Wednesday #BumpDay segments.

In the segment below from this morning’s show, Dr. Jennifer Greene, OB/GYN at Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about pregnancy at 21 weeks. Check it out!

Under Pressure: How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Health

Dr. Payton Foust of Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe will be the featured speaker at Lexington Medical Center’s monthly physician lecture on Monday, July 27. The topic will be how high blood pressure affects your health. Dr. Foust was a guest on WLTX recently to preview his lecture and offer important information about keeping your blood pressure under control.