Recognizing Signs of Stroke: Amy's Story

At age 47, Amy McDougall had no reason to think she was having a stroke. But that’s exactly what happened.

After experiencing what she thought were symptoms of sinus pressure -- a bad earache, toothache and migraine headaches -- Amy began hearing a loud "whoosh" sound in her head. Concerned, she sought care at her local hospital and was referred to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center where they confirmed she had suffered a stroke.

Amy shares her story about the symptoms of stroke she experienced, her diagnosis, recovery and experience at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center.

Stroke | Amy's Story

At just 47 years old, Amy wasn't expecting a stroke would leave her unable to identify or communicate with her own family members. See how the expertise of Dr. Rafael Llinas helped her get the diagnosis and treatment she needed.

Learn how strokes can affect younger people by watching the story of Amy, a mother of five, who had a stroke at age 47 before seeking treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center.

About Our Stroke Centers

Johns Hopkins has five stroke centers: Howard County General Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital.

Our centers offer the critical elements required to achieve long-term success in improving stroke outcomes and have the capacity to offer the most specialized care to the most complex stroke patients on a 24/7 basis.

Request an Appointment

For more information, contact The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center at 410-955-2228. If you have questions about the Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center, please call us at 443-287-8514.