“Oh, it’s not going to happen to me. I’m too young for this,” Reidel said. “But that’s not the case.”
Reidel encourages people of all ages to know the warning signs of a stroke and reminds them to act FAST – Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.
Younger adults shouldn’t panic because stroke numbers are increasing, but should eliminate risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol and make sure they are exercising. About 80 percent of strokes are preventable by managing the risks, Reidel said. Other risks you can’t control, including age and genetics.
“You need to be aware,” she said. “We need to take it upon ourselves to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent a stroke.”
As word of Dr. Duvall’s stroke spread through the community, many assumed it had happened to his father – also a physician – not the younger doctor.