When you have a stroke, seconds matter. The faster you get help, the faster the flow of blood can return to the brain, ideally limiting damage.

"I kept moving my arm, but I thought why isn't moving like it's supposed to," said 57-year-old Daniel Morales. He suffered his third stroke about a month ago.

"I started to get dressed, and I walked from my door to the kitchen. I thought, 'okay this is not good,'" he said.

"He developed sudden onset left-side symptoms that included numbness and weakness of the face arms and legs," said Dr. Raghav Aachi, a vascular neurology fellow at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio with University Health System.

Aachi said one of the reasons he may have had the stroke is that he has pre-existing conditions. "He has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol," said Dr. Aachi.

After an MRI of the brain, doctors found the stroke from a blood vessel blockage in the right thalamus. Now that he's on blood thinners, medicines to control the cholesterol, has good blood pressure and is managing his diabetes, he's once again on the mend.

He wants to add one more treatment to his recovery.

"I'm going to the coast to go out there and relax like I usually do once in a while. When something stresses me out, I go straight out there to relax and calm down," Morales said.

That's one doctor's order he said he's more than happy to follow.

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