Imagine having a stroke, even though you are extremely fit. Imagine also having a heart attack, although tackling a bike ride from Shelbyville to Murfreesboro is something you can knock out before breakfast.
Local resident Kirby Bates knows fitness as he has always led an active lifestyle. However, his health did not stop his body and heart from suffering both a heart attack and stroke.
Scott Walker with WGNS spoke to Nicki King with Trust Point Hospital about the recovery process that Mr. Bates underwent...
WGNS' Marty Daniels spoke to Stroke and Heart Attack Survivor Kirby Bates...
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, an observance that highlights the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke and encourages persons to act FAST (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1) if someone is having a stroke. The month is highlighted by the American Stroke and Heart Association.
WGNS' Scott Walker continued the conversation with Mr. Bates about the recovery process for Bates.
TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro is where Bates turned for his recovery and rehabilitation.
Stroke is preventable and largely treatable. Yet, a recent CDC report notes that the age-adjusted death rate for stroke slightly increased from 36.5 deaths per 100,000 persons in the United States in 2014 to 37.6 in 2015.
American Heart and Stroke Association
TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro
Symptoms of a Stroke:
◘ Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg -especially on one side of the body.
◘ Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
◘ Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
◘ Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
◘ Sudden severe headache with no known cause