Ed's Stroke StoryMar 3, 2020
Edward Mayer, stroke patient, Florida Medical Center
When 82-year-old Edward Mayer headed to his local mall for his weekly walk, he barely made it to the front door without having to catch his breath. He didn't think much of it – after all, he WAS 82, and a little shortness of breath wasn't so far outside the ordinary.
But as he walked the breathing difficulty increased, and he started experiencing chest pains. "Looking back at my stroke, I didn't have the typical symptoms," he said. "But I did have warning signs, and I should have paid closer attention."
Small warning signs. Then a stroke.
Over the course of that week, Edward felt sick and could eat well but told himself it was the flu. Then one night, he went to bed after an evening watching boxing with his son Greg only to wake up at 4 am to find he couldn't feel his right arm. "It felt like my arm was missing," he said. "I tried to speak, but no sounds came out. Sentences formed in my head but I could only mumble the words."
At that point, he knew what was happening and his family rushed him to the closest hospital. But once the hospital’s neurologist saw his symptoms he was immediately transferred to the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Florida Medical Center where they have the latest diagnostic equipment and advanced treatments.
That transfer potentially saved his life.
"The Comprehensive Stroke Center has a wide range of interventional options that can stop a stroke in progress and minimize the potential damage to my brain," Edward said. "Through an artery in my leg, the doctor was able to retrieve the blood clot that had caused the stroke. That procedure saved my life."