CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – If you think stroke can’t happen to you because you’re young, you might be wrong; 34-percent of stroke hospitalizations in 2009 were for people younger than 65.
Dr. Stephen Flack of Summit Primary Care was often left fatigued and stressed from the long hours he spent caring for patients and at just 40 years old, he had a very low risk for stroke.
However, on May 20, 2011, Dr. Flack, who was used to caring for others, had the tables turned when he became the patient.
Within 15 minutes of waking up that morning, he felt dizzy and had to lie down.
“As I tried to get ready for work, the vertigo continued,” said Dr. Flack. “I started losing feeling in my left arm and leg. My speech slurred. I was lucky my wife, Tracie, was home and recognized the signs of stroke.”
Dr. Flack will share his story and how the quick thinking of his wife and quick care from the Stroke Team at Chambersburg Hospital saved his life at Summit Health’s free community Stroke Event held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26.
“Many people think that they’re too young for a stroke,” noted Dr. Flack. “I’m living proof that it can happen – and that with quick action, you can survive.”
Held in the Brooks Complex Auditorium of Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., the event also will feature information on the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of stroke presented by Dr. Sanjay Dhar, medical director of Summit Health’s stroke program, and Dr. John Mingle, WellSpan Neurologist.
Registration is required by May 18. To register, call (717) 262-4472 or click here.