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Stroke and High Blood Pressure Videos for MWA NSO

August 31, 2019


– At the age of four, I danced. Tap dancing, ballet, and jazz, and gymnastics, and I loved it. I did cheerleading
through high school. I graduated. I went to the Colts
cheerleading for five years and I went to the Super Bowl. The Colts didn’t win it. (laughing) And I wanted to try out for
the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading and I saved a bunch of
money and I moved there, not knowing any people at
all, no friends or family. I was in the shower,
about to go to work, and my arm went numb on me. I never had any idea
it was a stroke. I thought it was in my shoulder, a nerve was pinched
in my shoulder, that’s why I had a headache,
an intense headache. I couldn’t see my
face in the mirror. I thought I was having vertigo and I crawled over to my room and I knew I couldn’t speak. I had to go to the hospital now. I couldn’t remember any numbers, the ambulance, I
couldn’t remember it. It’s the first person
I called, my boyfriend, it’s the first number I called. He couldn’t hear me. He thought I had
butt dialed him. The police came in and
she has a droopy face. Call the ambulance, and
I blacked out from then. I don’t remember
anything in the ICU, my boyfriend coming to
hug me or my sisters. My dad came and hugged me
and I cried and he cried. I don’t remember
anything like that. It’s when we lost me. I don’t remember that. I couldn’t speak for 12 days. I was paralyzed on
one half of my body. The PTs and the
OTs would have to wheel me around
in the wheelchair. Reading and doing
numbers and writing, it was gone, lost in my brain, it has to go to a
different area in my brain. It’s like a baby again. (upbeat music) I don’t have a limp
as much anymore. I was walking with
a cane and a boot and I don’t walk
with them anymore. I’m getting better at speaking. I have to say things in my mind before it comes out in my mouth. It’s a hard thing
for me to deal with and I have ups and downs,
and everybody does. Go Colts. I want to go to schools,
high school kids, and tell them about strokes. They think it’s only old people and I had a stroke and I’m young and I’m so positive about
not dying in my apartment and living for that
and I am so encouraged because I can speak now. – [Narrator] Body
language can tell you all sorts of things, like
someone is having a stroke. Know the sudden signs. Learn FAST. Face drooping, arm
weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911 and get them
to a hospital immediately. Learn the body language
and spot a stroke fast. – 145 over 92. – 180 over 111. – 182 over 100 and
I had a heart attack and a cardiac arrest
and then a stroke. – [Narrator] This is what high
blood pressure looks like. You might not feel its symptoms, but the results from a
heart attack or stroke are far from
invisible or silent. – My memory is shot. – When I woke up,
I couldn’t speak. – I can’t button up a shirt. I can’t run. – I’ve had to learn
to swallow again. – That’s the only movement
that I have and I’m 33, so I never see this coming. – If I would’ve followed
a treatment plan, I would not be in
this situation. – Had I done this,
had I done that. – Hell, I messed up. – [Narrator] Get
back on your plan or talk with your
doctor to create an exercise, diet,
and medication plan
that works for you. Go to LowerYourHBP.org. – Head to toe,
everything has changed. Head to toe. – I’m Cindy Sorenson. I’m a mother of two,
and three weeks ago, at the age of 59, I was
diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. I had had some
floaters in this eye and I went to my ophthalmologist in regards to these black
spots I had in my eye and, well, he told me
sometimes that’s pretty common with age, that that can happen, and a few weeks later I
was in Spain with my son and realized I couldn’t see him. He was standing
right to my left. That was the first
that I noticed I had a real small
loss of peripheral
vision in my left eye. The ophthalmologist called
for additional testing of my peripheral
vision and found out that there were actually
a loss of vision in both of my eyes in
the exact same spot. Two days later, I
had brain surgery to coil the aneurysm
and to also do a bypass. I don’t have high
cholesterol, diabetes, I’m not a smoker, I’m
a marathon runner, I eat healthy, I have
none of the risk factors, but I was aware of a
small change in my body. I’m a survivor. I want people to know
that because of things that we’ve learned
being associated with the American
Heart Association, it’s all about
awareness and education and research and self-advocacy. The small symptom that I had to a very large,
unusually-located aneurysm that I have been
told had at first would have been life-altering
for me and my family. I cannot thank the donors to
the American Heart Association enough for the difference that
they have made in my life. (upbeat music) – Back now with a
major medical headline. Tonight, for the first
time in 14 years, there are some new
guidelines redefining who should be diagnosed
with high blood pressure. Doctors say now, nearly half the U.S. adult population
meet the new criteria. NBC News medical
correspondent Dr. John Torres has the details in tonight’s
Keeping You Healthy report. – We saw the need to
update these guidelines to reflect the real threats
of high blood pressure. – [John] This significant change from the American
Heart Association now means more than
100 million Americans have high blood pressure. The new guidelines now
define high blood pressure as anything above 130 over 80 and recommend
intervening earlier to control what doctors
call the silent killer. The impact is especially
important for people under 45. The new definition will
triple the diagnosis among men and double it among
women in that age group. – Getting your blood
pressure even lower than what we previously thought reduce your risk
of heart attack, reduce your risk of stroke, and reduce your risk of dying. – [John] Some patients may need to start taking medication, but
reducing your risk naturally is always the first
line of defense. Exercise and lose weight, quit
smoking, and reduce stress. Today’s news is the extra push 58-year-old Jeff Evans needs
to lower his blood pressure. – My goal is to get off
the medication completely, control things naturally
through exercise and diet. – Straight up. – [John] Jeff’s
on the right path, setting personal
goals for himself and a good example
for this family. – John, I figured
that most people would opt for the natural
response if they could, but does this mean more people are gonna be taking blood
pressure medication? – Not necessarily. The new guidelines
stress treatment with both lifestyle changes,
and if needed, medication, but high blood pressure is
called the silent killer because you won’t
have symptoms early on and that’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure
checked regularly. – Well, these new guidelines
are a wake-up call for a lot of us.
– They are. – John, thanks very much. (dramatic music) – I am Tamsen Butler. I am 42 years old. I’m a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer, as well. – She is amazing. Even from the first time
we met, I could tell that she was full of confidence, just the way that she
walked and carried herself. – She’s my mom. She’s also like
my make-up artist and hair stylist
and my chauffeur. She does everything for me. If you’re like, “Hey, Mom, “wouldn’t it be cool
if you do this?” And then she’ll do
all this training. And then two weeks later, “Hey, Monet, I got
this license for this.” And I’ll be like, “I
just mentioned that
conversationally.” – She is that Renaissance
woman that can do everything. I am not exaggerating there. She’s teaching like
four classes a day, she is jogging with me in
the morning at like 5:30. I mean, if she wanted
to, she could probably paint this house in
like five minutes. – Well, I mean, it was
just any other day. The kids had the
day off from school ’cause it was still summertime and we went to the grocery store and did our grocery
shopping and then we stopped at my husband’s office
and dropped off some sushi for him to have for lunch
and then we drove home and then all of a sudden, my
right eye just stopped working and I remember distinctly
thinking to myself, well, that can’t be good. And I can’t even describe
what it felt like. It wasn’t like a pop or
a shift or something, but something was
happening right around here and I remember thinking,
this is definitely not good, and then I kept trying
to put groceries away ’cause you gotta get the
groceries away, I guess. – And so she was putting the
dog treats in the dog bowl and stuff away and then
she just kind of fell and I was like,
“Mom, are you okay?” And she tried to say something and I couldn’t understand
what she was saying. – [Abram] I heard Monet kind
of freaking out and so I go in and I thought Mom was
just trying to be funny by lying there on the ground. – And then she just
kind of laid down, she’s like, “Can you
get me a pillow?” So I’m like, “Abram,
go get a pillow.” – I knew something
was wrong and I saw these groceries
spilled everywhere, Monet was grasping for a phone. – And so I’m like,
“Abram, can you call Dad? “I think something’s wrong.” She’s like, “Don’t call
Dad, don’t call Dad.” – And I’m lying there and
I’m trying to tell my kids that it’s okay because
even though I knew I was having a stroke,
the last thing I wanted, and I know this makes no sense and I still can’t
explain it to this day, but I didn’t want my
husband to find me that way and I remember very
specifically Monet, my daughter, standing over me with
her hands on her hips and she’s standing over
me as I’m lying there looking up at her and she goes, “You’re not okay,
you’re not alright.” – And she’s like, “Don’t
call Dad, don’t call Dad.” She’s like, “It’s
okay, it’s okay.” And I’m like, “Mom,
you are not okay. “I’m calling Dad.” – When your mom is
lying on the floor and drooling everywhere and
can’t use one part of her body, I am pretty sure
that’s kind of scary. It was just complete chaos. – What I didn’t realize and
what probably a lot of people don’t realize is a stroke is
like an attack on your brain and so I couldn’t
really think straight. That’s kind of how the first
few days of recovery were was perpetually
stumbling into things that I didn’t know
how to do anymore. It was really difficult at first and I remember thinking
about how absurd it was that I had to
re-learn how to walk. I remember the first
time they had me walk, I was pushing my little walker
along and I felt very weak and I kept kind of
walking into the wall ’cause I couldn’t
see stuff on my left and this was one moment
that helped me a lot and this goes back
to the faith I have where I started thinking
about all the people that were praying for me because
that’s all we kept hearing, “We’re praying for you, Tam, “Tam, we’re praying for you,” and I started
visualizing the prayers as things swirling around me and holding me up and
keeping me walking. – I feel like it was a
challenge because, you know, we all had to kind
of pitch in and help with things that she
would normally do. – That was one of the
worst things, was seeing… Seeing me through
my daughter’s eyes. I’ve always tried
to instill in her that women can be
strong and able and then all of a sudden, I
wasn’t strong or able anymore. – That was really hard. It’s not something that she
normally is, you know, just sad. She’s upbeat typically, so to see her be down is hard. – And I tell my husband,
and I remember this moment really distinctly,
is that I said, “Nobody would blame me if I
just gave up at this point.” And he kind of crosses his
arms and he goes, “I would.” And it just clicked in my head. I said, alright, get up, dust
yourself off and keep going. (upbeat music) Louie’s a personal trainer
and a friend of mine and he has congenital
heart failure and he has all sorts
of devices in his heart and so once my
cardiologist told me that I could start exercising
again, I reached out to Louie. – My name is Louie King. I’ve had her in classes before. I knew she was strong. She was motivated, but just
physically couldn’t connect it, and to me, that was something that would be totally different. How do you motivate
someone who’s motivated to do what they
already want to do, but it’s just trying to get
that muscle-mind connect back? The most simple
exercises turned into something that was challenging. – I’ve learned that
you can’t give up. Even if you want to
and it seems impossible to do something,
you cannot give up. – I’ve personally found
that the Heart Association has been very helpful
as far as giving me a feeling of I’m not alone and that, you know,
there’s other people who have gotten through
this and conquered it. – I would say that
your contributions to the American Heart
Association are critical, not only in funding for
recovery of stroke survivors, but also into research and
development of new medicines that can and, in the case of
my wife, did save her life. (upbeat music) – Yo, D, come on man. Waiting on you. – [D] I’m coming, man. – What you doing in there? – I had to get
these chips, baby. – You sound like you
out of shape, bro. You remember what
your doctor told you about eating all these snacks. – Oh, here we go. – You’re gonna have to watch
your blood pressure, dude. – Man, come on, look. I’m fine. Plus, it’s just more for
the ladies to love, man. You can’t be mad at that. (laughing) – Anyway, look,
man, where’s Marcus? – Who, salty Mark? He’ll be here in a few minutes. – Why you calling
him salty Mark, man? – I call him salty Mark
because just like you, he’s always eating
all this salty food and drinking sodas
with everything. (phone vibrating) That’s your boy right here. – Mark?
– Uh-huh. Salty Mark, what’s
up, man, where you at? What? Hold on, what? What happened? Okay, okay. – What’s going on? – Yo, that wasn’t Mark,
that was his wife, Kelly. Marcus had a heart attack. – [Narrator] Uncontrolled
high blood pressure is serious and can have tragic
consequences. It can lead to heart attack,
stroke, and even death. Visit heart.org/bloodpressure
to learn more about how you and your friends can avoid the consequences
of high blood pressure. If you care, say something. – That important GMA health
alert about high blood pressure, the American Heart Association
changing the guidelines, meaning almost half
of American adults could now be living with what’s
called the silent killer. This affects men and women and our chief medical
contributor, Dr. Jen Ashton, is here to talk about that.
(clapping) Jennifer, you checked
Jennifer’s numbers? – I checked Jennifer’s numbers. She gave me permission
to share them. It was a little bit high,
we did check it twice. – Well, she’s on national
TV under the lights. – That’s right, we’re
gonna cut her some slack. Her heart rate was a
little high elevated also, but it was 154 over 100, Jen, so we did suggest that
she get it checked again. But Robin, this is medical
news that could potentially affect half the
country, new guidelines. The old guidelines, if you
had a number of 140 over 90, you were classified as
having hypertension. Now, that number is
dropped to 130 over 80, reflecting the fact that
we know damage can occur at those lower
numbers, so, again, very important for people
to know these numbers and it will affect
a lot more people. It will double the number
of women under the age of 45 who meet criteria for
having hypertension, a lot more people involved. – Will this be a lot more
people on medication? – Actually, it won’t. The key here is that
this should be managed with lifestyle modification. It’s only expected to
increase the number of people on medication by 2%, but you have to take a
look at these changes because these can
make a big difference. Eating the right
diet, the DASH diet, is the gold standard in
lowering blood pressure. Fitness, both
cardio and weights, lowering sodium in your diet, and increasing
potassium in your foods with things like avocados,
bananas, and salmon, and limiting alcohol, no more
than two drinks a day for men, one for women, they
can lower those numbers by anywhere from four to 11
points, and every point matters. – And you want to show us what high blood pressure
does to the body. – Right, now listen,
I think we hear it as the silent killer,
you have to understand that high blood pressure
affects organs like the kidneys, the eyes, the heart,
the blood vessels, but I want you to just
look at this demonstration. If you imagine this
pump as the heart and this as your blood vessels, your vascular system, with
normal blood pressure, it’s very easy for
the heart to pump. It can pump that blood
all over the body. Once you have high
blood pressure, you have increased resistance
in these blood vessels. That pump has to work harder
to circulate the blood and over time, this
does major damage. – So what should
people do right now? – I think the key thing is
you need to know your numbers and we’ve heard about
white coat hypertension, people go to to the doctor, their blood pressure
gets elevated. For Jen, it’s just being here. But get one of these kits.
– I have one. – Check your blood
pressure at home. Make sure that you’re trying
to do it on a bare arm and if you have larger arms,
you need to use a larger cuff. – All good advice there. Alright, Jen, thanks very much.

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