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The Changing Face of Stroke

Racial, ethnic disparities and risk of stroke at an earlier age lead to new approaches in stroke prevention

The Changing Face of Stroke

He kept dropping his phone. 

It had been an ordinary day in November of 2013. Kenneth Taylor came home from work and sat down to relax. But for some reason, he couldn’t grasp his cell phone in his hand. He dropped it, picked it up and dropped it again. It happened three times. He got up to walk around and fell. Finally, he managed to call his daughter, who called the leasing office of his apartment complex. A staff member came over to Taylor’s home and promptly called for an ambulance. 

“I remember not really being scared, until they told me they were taking me to Memorial Hermann,” Taylor says. “I live literally around the corner from a hospital in Willowbrook (a section of north Houston), so I knew something must really be wrong if they were taking me miles away to the Texas Medical Center.” 

Hospital personnel ran a battery of tests on Taylor, and then took him to the Intensive Care Unit, where he stayed for several days. Taylor, 39 years old and in good health except for some high blood pressure, had a hemorrhagic stroke.

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