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Stroke Can Happen to Anyone at Any Age

Learn more about the symptoms of stroke and how to prevent it in this podcast.

In the United States, more than 795,000 strokes occur each year. Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. In fact, research shows strokes are on the rise among younger people. So, it's important to know the risk factors and work to prevent those that can be managed, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, early and intensive rehabilitation is key to achieving the best outcomes. That is why Shepherd Center provides a full continuum of stroke services – from inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient care.

In a 10-minute podcast, Shepherd Center physician Ford Vox, M.D., explains the hospital's goal -- to give patients their best chance for returning to what they love to do. This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.

Dr. Vox is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician with additional subspecialty board certification in brain injury medicine. He joined Shepherd Center’s medical staff in 2012 as a staff physiatrist. Dr. Vox treats inpatients in the Shepherd Center Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program.

He came to Shepherd Center from New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, Mass., where he served as medical director of the hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation program. He was also a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston from 2011-12.

Dr. Vox earned a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He then completed a residency in PM&R at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine.

To learn more about Shepherd Center's stroke rehabilitation program, click here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.