Social media’s beloved star and model Katie May suffered from a catastrophic stroke. May, 34, had tweaked her neck when she fell during a photo shoot in late January. She had tweeted that she pinched a nerve a few days before she was hospitalized.1
But it turns out that May was suffering from something much worse than a pinched neck. A fit woman like May, could she suffer from a stroke?
Experts say it’s possible to get a stroke even when you’re younger and in relatively good health. According to TMZ, Doctors told May’s family that she suffered a carotid artery dissection, which starts as a tear in the artery wall. It can be caused by an injury like a bad spill, and leads to a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain.
While this particular kind of stroke is rare, strokes are on the rise in younger people due to factors like hypertension.
The early signs to look for are: a sudden onset of dizziness or severe headache. These are prominent symptoms in women under 45, sometimes accompanied by hiccups and nausea. A few more symptoms of strokes are loss of language, changes in vision, and decision making.
If you have been ignoring the headaches, you need to call 9-1-1 immediately. And if your ER doctor tries to diagnose you with something else, like an inner ear infection or a migraine, don’t give up. Migraine won’t kill you, stroke may.
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