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Stroke In Young Adults

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can’t get the oxygen it needs and starts to die. If it lasts for a long time, there can be permanent damage.

Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat.

And it’s not just happening in older patients. Just ask Xanna Bailey, who suffered a stroke in her early 20s. In this WLTX report, listen to Xanna share her story and hear why Dr. Wesley Frierson of our ER says it’s important to recognize stroke symptoms quickly.

To learn more about stroke care at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/Stroke

Know When to Call 911

Calling 911 can be vital when someone is suffering a heart attack or cardiac arrest. That’s because paramedics have the ability to begin caring for a patient on the way to the hospital. They can also communicate with doctors at the hospital while en route so that the patient receives the most timely treatment possible. Calling 911 is an important factor in achieving the best possible outcomes.

In this WIS-TV interview with Judi Gatson, Lexington Medical Center ER doctor Wesley Frierson and Lexington County paramedic Micah Norman talk more about the importance of calling 911 and demonstrate the tools EMS crews use in ambulances, using a life-like mannequin called “Hal.”


Lexington Medical Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. Learn more about this campaign and take a heart health quiz at LexMed.com/Know.

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.