The cough that caused a stroke: A former government employee, 49, had to quit his job after 30 years after annoying wheezing had torn an artery in his neck
- Paul Park could only say a few words and did not want to be on his right
- Mr. Park has been with IT at the Ministry of Defense since the 1980s
- After his stroke, Mr. Park from Cheltenham spent six months in rehab
A former government employee has told how he suffered a stroke after a nasty cough caused a tear in his artery.
Paul Park, who had no underlying health problems, could only say a few words and was not in his right hand a few days after the stroke.
The 49-year-old from Cheltenham had to quit his 30-year IT job at the Ministry of Defense.
He believes the stroke may have been caused by a tear in one of his carotid arteries, a problem caused by his cough.
A carotid artery – the medical term for a tear in one of the arteries that supply blood to the brain – is a known cause of a stroke.
Paul Park, who had no underlying health problems, could only say a few words and didn't feel like his right hand a few days after the stroke
Mr. Park said: & # 39; I had a bad cold and a violent cough in the week prior to my stroke, which may have caused the damage to the artery in my neck.
& # 39; I remember that my eyes only felt little things that kept going and came back.
& # 39; After my stroke, I spent six months in rehab. I could only say three words: "yes", "no" and "computer".
& # 39; I worked with computers at the Ministry of Defense for 30 years, but I had to leave the job after my stroke. & # 39;
Mr Park's speech and movement have slowly improved in the two years since his stroke – thanks to his new passion for art.
He goes to a Stroke Association support group, has regular speech and language therapy and has discovered a new found love for art.
Mr. Park said: & # 39; Every Monday morning I go to a group with other stroke survivors and it's great. For the first time I acknowledge that there are other people like me.
& # 39; I also love my art, it helped so much. I love pastel colors, watercolors and oil paint, even though I had to learn to do it with my left hand.
& # 39; My speech improves, it gets better all the time. From the first day I tried to be positive and keep going up and up. & # 39;
Mr Park also helps to spread the awareness that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and the effects that this can have.
He recently gave a lecture at a school in Cheltenham to present his artworks, tell his story and how he could learn to paint with his weaker hand.
Stuart Cooper, head of volunteering and community at the Stroke Association, said: & We are delighted to see the progress that Paul has made.
& # 39; He has been so positive and has worked so hard since his stroke – he is a real source of inspiration.
& # 39; Our volunteer groups can be a lifeline for people like Paul who rebuild their lives after a stroke.
He added: & # 39; We'd love to hear from local people who can volunteer for a few hours to help. & # 39;
HOW CAN A COOL CAUSE A BRANCH?
A carotid artery is a tear in one of your carotid arteries. These are a set of two arteries on the sides of your neck that deliver blood to your brain.
A dissection is a tear of the inner layer of the wall of an artery. The tear lets blood come between the layers of the wall and separates them. This causes the artery wall to bulge.
The bulge can slow or stop blood flow through the artery. It can also cause problems by pressing on nearby tissue or nerves.
The tear can also activate your body's coagulation system. A clot can then block the blood flow at the site of the tear. Blocked or reduced blood flow can lead to a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke.
A carotid artery can occur at any age. It is more common in younger adults than in older adults. It is a common cause of stroke in people under 50 years of age. It is slightly more common among men than among women.
This condition is often caused by a neck injury due to things such as:
- Swimming or diving
- The skates
- Sports such as tennis, basketball or volleyball
- Doing yoga
- Riding roller coasters or other rides
- Jumping on a trampoline
- to give birth
- Have sex
- Sneezing or coughing
- Have a chiropractic adjustment to your neck (rare)
Source: Cedars-Sinal hospital
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