The ASA also says for every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die.

Scared yet? You should be. But the 80 percent of known risk factors didn’t apply to me. I had Protein S Deficiency, a genetic disorder that causes blood clots, or blockages, to the brain.

But better news. There’s a blood test for Protein S Deficiency which is a disorder of blood clotting. People with Protein S deficiency are at risk of a type of clot called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that occurs in the deep veins of the arms or legs. 

I had multiple blood clots in all my extremities. Thus, a DVT. Nobody could prevent my stroke. For other people, if you partake in or have any of the risk factors mentioned above, it would be prudent to get tested and rule out Protein S Deficiency. Check with your PCP because it’s a specialized test and not every lab complies.