Woman records stroke because ‘doctors didn’t believe her’
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TORONTO, Canada – This is not your usual selfie.
“The feeling is happening again,” Stacey Yepes says to the camera. “Everything is tingling on the left side.”
“I don’t know why this is happening to me.”
The Toronto-area woman was having her third stroke in three days. And this time, she refused to suffer in private.
Yepes recorded a selfie video of her symptoms after stopping while driving. The next day, the video would help doctors at Toronto Western Hospital correctly diagnose her transient ischemic attacks, or “mini-strokes,” due to the buildup of plaque in her arteries.
Now, according to Yepes, she takes cholesterol lowering drugs and blood thinners, and has no more strokes.
The video may have saved his life.
Two days before the taping, doctors at a local emergency room in Toronto dismissed the numbness in her face and speech problems as stress-related. They said her stroke tests came back negative and advised the 49-year-old legal secretary on breathing techniques.
These were ineffective and Yepes suffered two additional mini strokes in consecutive days – the first leaving the hospital parking lot on April 1.
She knew something had to be done.
“I think it was just to show someone, because I knew it wasn’t stress related,” she said in an interview with the CBC. comprehension.”
This is exactly what happened. Yepes filmed the third “mini-shot” the next day on his way to work. After arriving, she showed the video to colleagues, who immediately suggested she go to another hospital.
Still, Dr Markku Kaste of the World Stroke Organization has said he thinks Yepes is lucky.
Her advice: “Don’t waste time on a video, just call 911.”
He said, “It’s the same for everyone. If you have a stroke, think you have a stroke or see someone having one – just call 911.
Kaste and her organization are working on an upcoming campaign targeting women and their likelihood of stroke.
According to the National Stroke Organization, 55,000 women experience strokes each year.
As in Yepes’ case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said signs of stroke usually include sudden numbness, confusion, and difficulty walking.
The American Stroke Association uses the acronym FAST – which means falling face, weakness in arms, and difficulty speaking are all signs it’s time to call 911.
Usually, paramedics, rescuers and doctors correctly identify the situation and give people the help they need.
“It’s hard to say why there was an incorrect diagnosis (initially), but things like that can happen,” Kaste said. “Yet the faster you get to the hospital, the higher the likelihood of a good result.”
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