Jeff Furler can't remember how his mid-April stroke happened while playing bridge at church, but he does recall having the left side of his body drooping before he went to the hospital.
That's why doctors say it's important to get treatment right away if you've had signs of a stroke.
"They were surprised at how fast I was recovering and again, I have a positive attitude and a sense of humor. Glad to see all those symptoms and that I was recovering well,” said Furler.
"They're really making good progress very gradually, so we'll give a year to improve after a stroke,” said Dr. Herman Dick, stroke director for Advocate BroMenn.
Signs include slurred speech, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, double vision or dizziness.
As part of the recovery process, patients often go through physical and speech therapy to get themselves back up to speed. Often, they can go on blood thinners or baby aspirin regimens.
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