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Phoebe raises awareness about stroke symptoms

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – If you were experiencing the first signs of a stroke, would you know it? Knowing the signs could save your life.

Phoebe Putney is trying to inform the community about stroke warning signs as part of stroke awareness month. Numbness and tingling in legs, arms and the mouth are first warning signs, as are dizziness, confusion and stuttering.

It's important you know the signs because someone you know could experience a stroke.  Frances Marthone said, "We have a high percentage of strokes with the diabetes and high blood pressure in our area. Stroke is a common side affect of hypertension that's untreated. So we do see a lot of strokes in this area."

Time is also of the essence when it comes to treating a stroke. The faster you get to an Emergency room, and seek treatment, the better your chances of recovery.

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