Smoking contributes to one in five strokes in the United States. In this podcast, Suzy – who loved to travel -- talks about her loss of independence after smoking triggered blood clots that caused her to have a stroke. Created: 3/15/2012 by Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 3/15/2012. Series Name: Smoking and Tobacco Use.
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[Suzy] Hi, my name is Suzy. Apparently a lot of people don’t know smoking can cause a stroke. It can. It caused mine. So here’s a little tip I have for you: I used to love to travel; in fact, I have lived everywhere from Los Angeles to New Jersey. When it came to vacations, there was hardly any place I didn’t want to go. That was before I had my stroke and my two brain operations. Now things are very different. Now I can’t leave the house by myself. I can’t get out of bed by myself, and I can’t drive anymore. I used to love to drive. So my tip is: Enjoy your independence, while you can.
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