Go Red For Women: Lake View Mom Suffers Stroke At Age 36

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW) Throughout February, in honor of National Heart Month, Eyewitness News has been sharing stories on how to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the country's number one killer, and as a local woman found out, it can strike at any age and at any time.

Spring break two years ago turned out to be no vacation for the Stahlka family of Lake View. The Florida getaway was marred when mom Carin suffered a stroke at age 36.

The pain came on suddenly, as Carin was blowing up an inflatable pool toy for her young boys.

Still not well the next day, Carin finally went to Immediate Care, where the doctor told her she probably suffered a stroke.

It turns out Carin, who has high blood pressure, was not diligently taking her medicine.

Carin considers herself lucky. She didn't suffer many impairments from her stroke. Exercise is helping her regain better balance, and now she takes her blood pressure medicine, a cholesterol lowering drug and an aspirin, faithfully, every day.

Many women don't know their risk factors for heart disease, and too often, ignore symptoms. To find out more on how to live a heart healthy life with the Go Red For Women movement, click on News Links.