Patriots great Tedy Bruschi suffers stroke, ‘recovering well’

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Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke on Thursday, but is "recovering well," according to his foundation, Tedy's Team.

"Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA. He recognized his warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. Tedy is recovering well, and would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for all they have done.

"Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time."

The American Stroke Association says this about TIA:

A Transient Ischemic Attack [TIA] is often called a mini-stroke, but it’s really a major warning. TIA is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Since it doesn’t cause permanent damage, it’s often ignored. But this is a big mistake. TIAs may signal a full-blown stroke ahead. When you first notice symptoms, get help immediately.

Bruschi, 46, had a stroke on Feb. 15, 2005 but returned to play for the Patriots on Oct. 30 and three more seasons before retiring on Aug. 31, 2009.