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.
(Wayne Kluck, Stroke Patient): "I just got off the phone and stood up, and all of a sudden I couldn't move my mouth or talk. Then my left arm started to go numb."
(Charter): When Wayne Kluck suffered his stroke, he says it was a pretty frightening experience.
(Kluck): "I know going down to the hospital, in the vehicle, you start thinking like how the heck am I gonna live this way.”
(Charter): 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.
(Dr. Farhan Tariq, St. Alexius Neurologist): "There are three to four and a half hours in which we can give the clot-buster medication. They are life-saving. There's a clot sitting there and we use that medication to dissolve that clot."
(Kluck): "After they administered the clot-buster, they had to get my wife's permission for that, but within two hours I was fully recovered.”
(Charter): 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.
(Dr. Tariq): "Low salt, high potassium. People can live longer because they use this diet, and they have less risk factor for the stroke."
(Charter): 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.
Mark Charter, Reporting