Dallas, May 5, 2017 –  Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn, age 85, is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a stroke Thursday night at her home near Nashville, according to news reports tonight. The reports say she was rushed to a Nashville hospital for treatment and her doctors say she is responsive and recuperating.  

 Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of long term disability in the United States, but what many people may not know is stroke is largely treatable and the faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.  

Studies show ischemic stroke patients who receive the clot-busting drug alteplase (IV r-tPA) within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability. And 91 percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association wants everyone to know the warning signs of stroke. 

Remember F.A.S.T.

Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1.

To learn more about lowering your risk for stroke, visit www.strokeassociation.org, May is American Stroke Month.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Media Contact: Julie Del Barto, julie.delbarto@heart.org