Think Stroke Can't Happen to You? Think Again

January 22, 2015 8:02 PM

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Thirty-six hours before I met model, actress, and author Claudia Mason, she was enjoying the exhilaration and challenge of her regular Tuesday night jazz dance class. On her way to an acting audition the next morning, she was struck by the worst headache of her life, along with sudden partial vision loss. She thought it must be a migraine, though she'd never had one before. What else could it be?

The next morning, Claudia still had a partial visual field deficit, and she knew something was seriously wrong. What she didn't know, and was stunned to discover in the Mount Sinai Roosevelt emergency department where I met her, was that she'd had a stroke caused by a cervical dissection, or injury,...

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