Transcript for Meteorologist Describes Suffering Stroke at Age 24
Hope you enjoyed it. We're going to switch gears now. You think of strokes as happening to older people. But two years ago, bree Winkler, a meteorologist at KATV in los Angeles, suffered a stroke at 24 years old. She is speaking out about her ordeal and her mission, to let people know that stroke can hit anyone at any age. Cecilia Vega has the story. Reporter: She's a morning meteorologist at KABC TV in L.A. Keeping residents informed about the latest weather affecting their city. But what viewers don't know is that two years ago, when ABC 7's bree Winkler was just 24 years old, she had a stroke. I wouldn't even let it process that I was having a stroke. I didn't know what that meant. Reporter: Winkler said she thought she was fainting. The numbness spread to my face, then down to my arms and my legs. And I had to get on the floor and crawl. Reporter: She says the entire left side of her body went completely numb. And I went to put on my workout shirt. And that's when I lost hearing out of my right ear. And I couldn't walk. Reporter: Doctors say strokes are unusual in young people. But they do happen. Isn't it wonderful? Reporter: Malcolm in the middle's star, Frankie Muniz, at 26. Another a year later. I couldn't say words. And I thought I was saying them. And my fiancee was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Reporter: Muniz had a ministroke. Doctors don't recognize this as a stroke because they don't imagine this could be happening to them. Because of that, they don't see medical attention. I view it as a positive thing in my life because I do appreciate everything a lot more. Reporter: Today, bri is back at work, rain or shine, giving her forecast. And now, sharing a story that she hopes encourages others to be on the look out for signs of a stroke, no matter their age. From here on out, I want to spread awareness as much as possible. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Cecilia Vega, ABC news, Los Angeles. Good for her for wanting to do that. Joining us now is Dr. Jennifer Ashton. How prevalent are strokes in younger people? Its incident is increasing in younger people. One in ten strokes occur in people age 18 to 50 years of age. So, it is important to understand that it's stroke awareness month, this may. And we need to be aware that strokes can hit at any age. What are the risk factors for younger people? The things that are bad for the heart are bad for the brain. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, who smoke. Sometimes it's due to communication in the heart, one side of the heart to the other. Sometimes it occurs on women on certain hormones. Sometimes we don't know. It's important to know what the signs and symptoms are. What are the signs? Are they different younger versus older people. The three big ones that everyone needs to be aware of. Facial droop. The letter "F." Then, arm weakness. And lastly, speech problems. This can save someone else's life. It can save your life. Call 911. You should go straight to the emergency room. Absolutely. Great advice. Let's go to Michael.
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