Color & A Stroke of Luck
Strangely, on the day of her standing 4-week
hair appointment, Judith Kistler’s arm was numb.
“It felt like 40 pounds was sitting on my
shoulder,” said Judith, 70.
Not knowing that arm numbness can be a sign of
stroke, Judith went to the salon then called her doctor, Dr. Mark Tetz.
Dr. Tetz chauffeured Judith, hair set, to Kaweah
Delta’s Emergency Department where she learned she had suffered three strokes
in 12 months. The culprit: a blockage in her carotid artery, which carries blood
from the heart to the brain.
The next day, vascular surgeon Dr. Omar Araim, performed
Judith’s surgery at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, which in 2016, earned a 5-star
rating in carotid surgery from Healthgrades. The star rating means that patients
undergoing carotid surgery at Kaweah Delta have outcomes that are statistically
significantly better than expected.
Today, Judith is grateful for her second chance
at life, and never misses a hair appointment.
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