Sen. Mark Kirk introduces stroke research, treatment legislation

April 16, 2014 7:23:44 PM PDT
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk made a big recovery after his own stroke. Now he's promoting efforts to make sure others do the same.

He met Wednesday with Chicago-area stroke experts. They say about 800,000 Americans suffer strokes each year.

Kirk has introduced legislation aimed at improving stroke research and treatment. On Wednesday, he said his chief goal is getting victims back to work as soon as possible.

"I would just think with a couple hundred thousand Americans not returning to work after a stroke, it's an incredible waste for the United States," said Sen. Kirk.

Kirk also said the experts here in Chicago could lead the country in stroke research.