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Two strokes before age 30 in latest Northwell podcast


A 29-year-old comes full circle thanks to life-saving treatment and continued care after suffering two strokes just months apart. Alexandra Adams, of Queens, talks about her harrowing ordeal in the latest installment of Northwell Health's podcast series Health Story.

Ms. Adams, who works at a physical therapy practice, was stricken around Thanksgiving 2015. She didn't identify the signs of stroke at first and was finally convinced to go to North Shore University Hospital the next day. When symptoms returned a few months later, her husband immediately rushed Ms. Adams to the emergency department.

"It was about 20 minutes from when I woke up to when I arrived at the hospital," said Ms. Adams. "But in those 20 minutes I had extreme slurred speech, I lost complete movement of my left arm (while in the car) and I wasn't able to get myself out of the car by the time we got to the hospital."

Luckily for Ms. Adams, Rohan Arora, MD, who attended to her the first time, was on duty and able to make a fast and important call in her treatment. Find out what happened next by listening to Health Story.

Listen to the podcast: To hear the episode, click here.

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