‘We see twice as many strokes as we did 20 years ago,’ Women a major contributor to increase in strokes

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"It was a quality-of-lifestyle complete change. I couldn’t go to the restroom by myself,” Michelle Davey said.

“I couldn't take a shower by myself so they had to install handles in the shower and things throughout the house so that I could get around and function."

Michelle Davey is only 34 and recovering from a stroke.

"I had a headache for a few days prior and it was starting to get worse," Davey said.

"When I was taking a shower, I feel all tingly, droopy sensation and it was a blanket feeling that just went all over."

Symptoms she never thought would be so serious.

"At that moment, I was thinking I just need to lay down. I just need to rest. Just let me rest, but I couldn't say that to him."

Thankfully, her husband recognized something was wrong and got her to the hospital.

Davey's story isn't unique; it's happening more often to younger women.

"We see twice as many strokes as we did 20 years ago," Dr. Morgan, Vascular Neurologist at Integris said.

"Women have risk factors for stroke that men don't have. Pregnancy is a risk factor for stroke."

Migraines, estrogen, and smoking are also risk factors.

When those three or four factors are combined, Dr. Morgan said you're 1,000 times more likely to have a stroke.

Davey admits she didn't eat right -  something that could have been a factor in her stroke.

"A healthy diet, regular exercise, don't let yourself be obese, and don't do drugs," Dr. Morgan said.

Now, seven months later, Davey is getting back to normal even finishing her goal of running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

"I cried. I was like ‘Oh thank you, God.’ I didn't think I could do it. I was told I wouldn't be able to do it."

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