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Active, healthy St. Louis woman gets unexpected stroke

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A St. Louis woman, who considers herself healthy and active, never expected to get a stroke, but last year Brenda Bartlein learned that strokes can happen to anyone at any age. 

May is Stroke Awareness Month and Bartlein wants to share her story to help others recognize signs of strokes to detect it early. The American Stroke Association says strokes are 80 percent preventable if they are detected early. 

Bartlein’s artery in her neck had unknowingly shredded causing a clot in her artery, which led to the beginning stages of a stroke. However, it was detected before it got worse.

“Had it progressed, it could have been a completely debilitating or fatal stroke,” said Dr. Charles Callison, an interventional neurologist at DePaul Hospital. 

Bartlein credits her early detection to her husband. At a dinner a year ago, Bartlein said her hands started going numb and her speech slurred. Immediately her husband recognized this as signs of a stroke and brought her to DePaul hospital. Doctors put four stints in her neck to open the artery back up. 

A stroke is not something Bartlein thought could happen to her at her age.

“I thought, I’m 50, I’m in good shape, I’m in good health, this usually happens to someone much older or someone who has some chronic or long-term health issues,” she said. 

“We’re seeing more and more strokes in younger people every day. Currently, on service, I have 3 people with strokes under the age of 50 in the hospital,” said Dr. Callison. 

Bartlein has no lasting effects from this stroke because of early detection. 

Call 9-1-1 if you experience a drooping face, slurred speech, arm weakness or numbness. These are all signs of a stroke. 

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