Salt Lake City – Only 40% of Americans can identify the five major symptoms of stroke. This is a scary form when prompt treatment is essential for recovery. The 45-year-old Utah man is grateful that his wife learned the signs three months ago he had ischemic strokes.
On February 3rd, David Lamb got up early to go to the gym. “I got up to go to the gym. wearing shorts And then crouched down and fell on my butt,” he said.
When his wife, Molly Lamb, noticed that he had fallen a few times. she started to worry but after examining him “I brought him back to bed thinking it was a migraine,” Molly said. He was still able to move his fingers, arms and legs.
When he woke up a few hours later David said he was out of balance, dizzy, and his left arm and leg felt heavy.
“It felt like a 20-pound sandbag next to me,” he explains. I didn̵7;t coordinate there.”
“I said, ‘Oh, we’re going to the hospital. That’s definitely a sign of a stroke,'” said Molly Lamb. His wife took him to the hospital to receive the IV medication within 90 minutes.
“It’s in the window that he can shoot clots,” she said, which is key to preventing brain loss.
“(tPA IV) dissolves that clot and helps restore blood flow to the effective parts of the brain. So the faster you get that. The better you get,” explains David Lamb.
Dr. Megan Donohue, a neuroscientist from Intermountain Healthcare says that when it comes to stroke, time is the brain.
“It is estimated that we lose 32,000 neurons every second we delay,” she said.
She uses the acronym BE FAST as a guide for signs of stroke.
- B: balance — sudden dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
- E: Eyes — Sudden trouble seeing one or both eyes.
- F: face — sudden weakness (Is one face sagging?)
- g: Arm — A weak arm or leg.
- S: Speech — Sudden difficulty speaking.
- T: time — time onset of symptoms
Donohue said that if someone is experiencing just one of these symptoms, it’s time to call 911 or go to the hospital right away.
With the delay in care, Donohue said, patients may not have many treatment options, at risk of irreversible brain damage and permanent disability. “It could be anywhere from intellectual change, to speech disturbances, to weakness. or numbness in half of the body for life,” she explains.
Donohue said they can give an IV drug within the first 4½ hours of onset of symptoms. The clot can be removed within 24 hours after the large blood vessel is blocked. But the sooner a doctor intervenes, the more likely the recovery will be.
David Lamb, a 45-year-old marathon runner, is in excellent condition. “I’m going to ride a bike for an hour in the afternoon. I just hit the 250 bench,” he said.
“We’re seeing people in their 30s, 40s and 50s denying their stroke and delaying calling 911 or just thinking they’ll go away,” Donohue said.
Lamb is now starting over with physical therapy. Occupation and speaking and
“I had to learn how to move my legs. It’s quite annoying. I had to figure out how to walk,” he said.
He resumed indoor cycling and pool treatments to help his legs get back on track. “You have to increase your heart rate. You need to get the blood flowing to your brain. So your brain learns new things or gets to parts again,” he explains.
In addition to physical recovery, Lamb’s brain also healed. “Some of my impact comes from executive work. scheduling really managing my day That’s what I had to make like Franklin’s planner. where i go and write what i will do Where am I going all day?” he explained.
Although recovery was difficult, Lamb was grateful that they acted quickly enough to avoid or minimize long-term consequences. so that he could live with his wife and three children.
Molly Lamb recalls one of her most difficult times when she was in the hospital with David first.
“I was really thinking, ‘What does this mean for our family?’ (The) worst-case scenario is happening in my head,” she said.
“I leaned over and hugged him and held him in bed and told him we could. we will get through it no matter what we can get through it Then he teased me and started laughing like crazy,” she said, “and I knew then. His personality was intact. And we are fine.”
David hasn’t lost his sense of humor or infectious laughter and hasn’t done anything in vain.
“I think it’s valuable each day. Value each opportunity for them,” he said. “I can go hiking. I can go swimming with them. i can have fun with them and i have to pay now to do that in the long run.”
“Watching his recovery is truly inspiring,” said Molly Lamb. David plans to run a 5K in August. It’s six months after his stroke.
Molly asked others to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of a stroke. She says education is the key to long-term well-being. “I don’t know how many stroke patients know they are having a stroke. Because it’s new and different,” says Molly Lamb, “so it’s very important for family members to be aware of their family history and the signs and symptoms of a stroke.”
Both David’s parents also suffered a stroke, Donohue said, among other risk factors including high blood pressure. High Cholesterol, Smoking and Obesity “Know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Know your own risk factors Then as soon as you notice symptoms occur, call 911,” Donohue said.
Intermountain Healthcare observed fewer patients requiring stroke care during the pandemic. For fear of contracting COVID-19, doctors assured people that hospitals were safe places to receive treatment.
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