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Ellis recognized for stroke care

"I won't allow myself to believe that so I keep walking. I wear a leg brace that goes halfway up my thigh and I have some motor skills with my left hand, but I can't perform motor skills like picking up small things or holding things.

I have to look at [the object] and watch it. Otherwise I drop it," said Scotch.

She's paralyzed on the entire left side of her body, but she works every day to regain physical abilities that she lost.

"I won't recognize it, and [a big part of] survival is a lot of attitude, and I look at it this way: I was on death's door and I was brought back for a reason and I've got a mouth, so I talk," said Scotch.

While Schoch had a history of stroke in her family, she said she ignored it. She was kept at Ellis Hospital for five days and then put into rehab at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, where she spent two more weeks until she was ready to go home.

She is actively involved in the stroke support group, which was started through Ellis Hospital in 2006 and continues her recovery process daily.

There are several factors that can put you at a higher risk for stroke, according to Tang.

"Smoking is a risk factor, obesity is a risk factor, and secondhand smoking [is a risk factor]. Heavy alcohol intake is a risk factor and people with irregular heartbeat," said Tang. "Those are very strong risk factors of stroke so those are controllable; those can be modified. Risk factors are not able to be modified include age; you can't become younger."

Gender is another risk factor that can't be modified. Males are more prone to strokes than females.

For more information on stroke care and prevention, visit www.ellishospital.org or www.americanstrokeassociation.org.""

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