What would you do if you thought you were having a stroke
but no one believed you? If you're this tech-savvy woman from Toronto, you would use the flip-camera on your phone to record your stroke symptoms
while they're happening.
This is what happened to Stacey Yepe, a 49-year-old Canadian woman who went to the doctor complaining of episodes in which her face went numb and she had difficulty speaking. Yepe told the emergency room doctors
that she thought she had had a stroke, but her tests were clear and so they told her that it was more likely that she was simply stressed. So when it happened again two days later while she was driving, Yepe immediately pulled over, pulled out her smartphone, and started to record her symptoms
"The sensation is happening again," Yepe begins as she starts describing her symptoms in the video. Pointing to her lower lip, Yepe shows how hard it is to smile. And a minute later, she describes how difficult it is to lift her left hand. All the while, she is struggling to breathe and to take the deep controlled breaths the emergency room doctors advised her to take to control her stress.
You can watch the episode below:
That Yepe had the presence of mind to take a recording of her symptoms is simply amazing. And it more than likely saved her life. This time, when Yepe went to the hospital, she was referred to Toronto Western Hospital's stroke center, where specialists watched her video and confirmed that she was in fact experiencing mini strokes.
After receiving prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering medications and blood thinners and making some changes in her diet and exercise routines, Yepe is feeling better and hopes to return back to work in a few weeks.
And as for her video, doctors plan to use it to help train hospital staff to better recognize and diagnose strokes.
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