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October 24, 2014  |  By  | 


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2 Health Po | winter 2014 A Second Chance at Life Mark McEwen almost died rom a stroke. Now he’s sharing his insights to raise awareness about the ourth leading cause o death in the U.S. F OR 15 YEARS, Mark McEwen was the weatherman or the national television show “CBS This Morning.” While at CBS, he also worked as an entertainment reporter, covering 16 Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Country Music Association award shows as well as three Olympics. But Mark’s career, and his lie, almost ended when he suered a severe, almost atal stroke. Mark recently talked with HealthPoint to discuss his experience and his work to raise stroke awareness. HP: When did you have your stroke? MM: It was November 15, 2005. I had been eeling weird or a ew days and went to a hospital ER, where I was di- agnosed with the u. Two days later, I was ying home to Orlando when the stroke occurred. I had no idea what was happening. I was just trying to move orward moment by moment, thinking that my distress would pass away. What was really disturbing is that no one on the plane recognized that I was hav- ing a stroke. Neither did anyone at the airport aer I landed. They thought I was intoxicated. Finally, an ambulance took me to a hospital in Orlando. I was in a coma or two days. The doctors told my wie that they could do a procedure to boost my blood pressure that would either save me or kill me. Fortunately, it worked or I wouldn’t be here today. HP: Were you aware of having any risk factors before the stroke? MM: None whatsoever. I had absolute- ly no knowledge about strokes. There was no amily history. I never thought about the possibility. Beore the stroke, I could never even imagine, not in my wildest dreams, that I would be stroke survivor one day. HP: How debilitating was the stroke? MM: Very debilitating. I I had known how difcult my recovery was going be at the beginning o the process, I would have been very araid. I went through a year o physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. I had to learn to walk again, to talk again, even to swallow again. My right hand is still shaky, so I’ve taught mysel to do just about everything with my le hand: eat, shave, brush my teeth. I was determined to get the lie back (left-to-right-top-to- bottom), daughter, Jane; Mark; Mark’s wife, Jane; son-John; daughter, Jane; and son John. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. 87% o all strokes are ischemic strokes, when blood fow to the brain is blocked. Health Point Women & Heart Disease: The Startling Facts, page 7. The Big Benefts o Minimally Invasive Surgery, page 4. Healthy Heart? Know Your Nu mbers page 8. How to FIGHT HEART DISEASE

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