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Ken Eckes was in the right place at the right time when he had a stroke. Thanks to quick treatment, he is back in the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local baseball team's "Strike Out Stroke" game.
"After an hour, I realized I couldn’t text anymore,” says Larsen. “I was trying, but I couldn’t form the words. It was strange to see the letters coming out wrong — I work in the Emergency Department, so it became clear what was happening. I was having a stroke."
When an infant suffers a stroke in utero, the effects of the stroke can impact the child for life. If treated promptly, the complications from a stroke can greatly be reduced. Read on to learn how one La Crosse family was able to get the immediate help their child needed.
The week after The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, Dave Berg was feeling great. But he didn't realize he would soon be the beneficiary of coordinated care after having a stroke.
Steve Brock thought he had slept on his arm wrong, causing it to go numb. He didn’t learn until a few days later that he was having a stroke.
When 62-year-old Mankato resident Dale Hachfeld’s coworkers first heard him slurring his words, they thought he was trying to be funny. But when his left side gave way and he started to fall over, his coworkers knew it was no joke.
The first sign of trouble was a strange sensation in Dolores Brumm’s right arm. Just a few minutes later, the 88-year-old Eitzen resident knew something was definitely wrong.
What happened to my arm? Why can’t I walk right? What’s wrong with mom’s face? It’s drooping on one side and her words don’t make any sense at all. Stroke hits someone about every 40 seconds in the United States — and suddenly life is changed.
Ladies, the statistics are not in our favor. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, and each year 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, each year stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. In addition, the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia, gestational diabetes and post-menopausal hormone therapy pose special stroke risks for women.
“It was like a light switch went off.” That is how Mark Diers describes how he felt on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He was at work at a retail store when, suddenly, he had trouble speaking and couldn’t make his right hand work correctly.
Just about everyone knows someone that has had a stroke or has heard about stroke. Do you know that the chance of dying from a stroke is on the decline?
As Joe and Pat Burns found out recently, when it comes to treating a stroke, it’s all about time.
“You need to start treatment quickly, within about three hours, for it to be most effective,” says Joe, a Fairmont resident and retired social studies teacher. Joe should know: he has survived two strokes, thanks in part to the quick action of his wife, Pat, and caregivers at Mayo Clinic Health System.