Greg credit the docs at Lexington Medical Heart, his spouse’s fast motion and his eating regimen as the explanations for his survival.
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — On a Tuesday morning final September, Greg Gerrald was residence alone in Chapin when he slumped to the ground quickly after stepping out of the bathe. He stayed there for about 20 minutes, aware, however unable to stand up. Greg talked to his canine, and was conscious his speech wasn’t clear.
His cellphone was outdoors, the place he had been doing yard work at his Lake Murray residence.
The 65-year-old retired pharmacist finally made it to the den and sat down, pondering as soon as he relaxed, he would really feel higher. He didn’t.
Practically 4 hours later, his spouse got here residence, and requested him if he was OK. Nonetheless in his chair, he appeared up at her, however he couldn’t converse.
“She checked out me and mentioned, ‘Honey, I feel you’ve had a stroke.’”
She known as 911. The ambulance rushed him to Lexington Medical Heart, the place he was recognized with a stroke and prepped for a process to take away the blood clot in his mind.
Lexington Medical Heart docs saved Greg’s life with a process known as a thrombectomy. They inserted a small catheter within the artery close to the groin and guided it to the placement of the clot in Greg’s mind. A vacuum pump within the catheter eliminated the clot.
In response to G. Richard Rueb MD, an interventional radiologist with Lexington Radiology Associates who carried out the process, Greg was an excellent candidate for a thrombectomy as a result of the clot was in a big artery that’s simple to find through the process.
“We rigorously choose these sufferers. And there’s additionally a time window that’s most optimum. That boils right down to ‘the earlier the higher.’ The earlier a affected person will get to us and is chosen appropriately, the upper probability we now have of profitable neurologic restoration,” Dr. Rueb mentioned. “‘Time is mind’ — that’s a standard mantra on this subject.”
Greg’s process was profitable. Eight days later, Greg was enjoying golf, with no lingering uncomfortable side effects of the stroke.
It was Greg’s second catastrophic well being occasion. Three years earlier, he suffered a extreme coronary heart assault generally known as a “widowmaker,” which earned its title as a result of the survival price is extraordinarily low.
Greg credit the docs at Lexington Medical Heart, his spouse’s fast motion and his eating regimen as the explanations for his survival and full restoration from each the center assault and the stroke.
Greg and his spouse, Kaye, have adhered to the Mediterranean eating regimen for the reason that couple opened The Elegant Cruet olive oil and vinegar retailers in 2013. Greg mentioned that regardless that he has a propensity for vascular points – his mom died after struggling a stroke at age 58 – he believes his eating regimen wealthy in high quality olive oil, legumes, vegatables and fruits and low in animal fat has quickened his recoveries. He teaches courses on the advantages of the eating regimen on the shops, positioned in Lexington and Chapin.
“Even when you have points due to genetics, you’ll be able to survive with little after-effects,” he mentioned. “Being a pharmacist, I understand how to deal with folks as soon as they’ve these points. However the preventative motion is what you eat. That’s your medication,” he mentioned. “Lexington Medical Heart and the docs there have finished a suburb job. Between my eating regimen, their skilled experience and the grace of God — that’s why I’m alive. In any other case, I wouldn’t be right here.”
Might is Stroke Consciousness Month. In the case of stroke, suppose F-A-S-T. The indicators of stroke are: