Garrison Keillor drove himself to the hospital during stroke

We’re all thankful, of course, that Garrison Keillor was released from the hospital yesterday after suffering
a minor stroke earlier this week. But if you think you are having a stroke (or a heart attack for that matter) don’t do what he did: according to the Associated Press, Mr. Keillor drove himself to the hospital. This was a mistake and Mr. Keillor was lucky. If you are in a similar situation, call 911 or have someone close by do it for you.

Signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden NUMBNESSor weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden TROUBLE SEEING>in one or both eyes
  • SuddenTROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

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Ischemic Stroke                          Hemorrhagic Stroke

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, “a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health” and in which professional health care providers encourage “empowered patients” and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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