DAMAGE CONTROL

FOR THE FIRST TIME, SPECIALISTS ARE ABLE TO LIMIT THE EFFECTS OF A STROKE WHILE IT IS STILL HAPPENING

Lee Phillips, 62, was shopping at a San Diego mall with her husband Eric when she felt an odd tugging on the right side of her face. Her mouth twisted into a lurid grimace. Suddenly she felt weak. "What kind of game are you playing?" asked Eric. "I'm not," Lee tried to respond--but her words came out in a jumble. "Let's go to the hospital," Eric urged her. All Lee wanted to do was go home and lie down. Fortunately, as it turned out, her husband helped summon an ambulance instead.

Like 500,000 other Americans each year, Lee was suffering a...

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