Competitive swimmer, 21, had a stroke at graduation - and her doctors suspect ... trends now

Competitive swimmer, 21, had a stroke at graduation - and her doctors suspect ... trends now
Competitive swimmer, 21, had a stroke at graduation - and her doctors suspect ... trends now

Competitive swimmer, 21, had a stroke at graduation - and her doctors suspect ... trends now

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A competitive swimmer suffered a stroke at her graduation, which doctors say was down to the pill.

Marissa Fattore, 21, was graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2013, when she felt an intense headache and peculiar fuzzy feeling in her head.

She put it down to nerves, but collapsed when she returned to her seat.

Ms Fattore had been an athlete her whole life and never smoked, but suffered a stroke.

Fattore (far right) with three of her graduating classmates

Fattore (far right) with three of her graduating classmates

Marissa Fattore, 21, was graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2013, when she felt an intense headache and peculiar fuzzy feeling in her head

Marissa Fattore, 21, was graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2013, when she felt an intense headache and peculiar fuzzy feeling in her head

'Things went dark for me, and the next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital,' she told Business Insider

Ms Fattore was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered a blood clot in her brain had triggered an uncommon type of stroke called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

It happens when blood clots block the venous sinuses in the brain - which collect pools of blood and help drain the central nervous system, the face, and the scalp. This means the blood cannot drain out.

Ms Fattore was given anti-clotting and anti-seizure medication to make her stable, but she was unresponsive for her first 24 hours in the hospital.

'My family recalls me squeezing their hands or just smiling when they would ask me simple questions. I eventually woke up with doctors around me,

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