member learns how to stay healthy

A QUICK PHONE CALL LEADS TO SERIOUS HELP

Angela works at a local junior college that offers ActiveHealth Management membership among its benefits, and kept an ActiveHealth® magnetic card on the home refrigerator. On January 16, 2014, Daniel began feeling unsettlingly dizzy and decided to call the number on the magnetic card. It was a call that saved his life, thanks to an initial assessment from health coach, Amanda G. Johnson.

“I knew the way I was feeling could be a sign of something really bad, so I called, actually counting on being told I was okay,” said Daniel. “They connected me with Amanda, and after I described how I was feeling, she asked a series of questions. When she mentioned blood pressure, I told her that my wife has a monitor at the house. She asked me to check my blood pressure and call right back.”

Daniel checked his blood pressure not once, but several times, and each time the numbers were higher. His systolic reading eventually reached 180, though he was uncertain what that meant.

Daniel called Amanda 40 minutes after the end of the previous call, told her the blood pressure readings, and answered her questions about breathing, sweating, feelings of heat and more.

“Amanda told me I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible that same day, and to call 911 immediately if I began feeling worse,” said Daniel. “I could tell from her voice that the situation was serious.”

Shortly after that call, Daniel’s limited vision became blurry, and the room seemed to tilt and wobble. He remembered Amanda’s instructions to call 911, and recalls punching the numbers into his phone, sliding down the wall with phone in hand, and lying on the floor until being loaded into an ambulance. On the way to the hospital, Daniel heard the paramedic say something about blood pressure over 200 that was now falling. Daniel asked the paramedic how bad it was, and the paramedic replied, “We almost lost you.” An MD at the hospital diagnosed a transient ischemic attack, often called a “mini-stroke,” which typically causes no lasting damage but can be a warning of health issues to follow.

“Amanda told me I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible that same day, and to call 911 immediately if I began feeling worse,” said Daniel. “I could tell from her voice that the situation was serious.”

 
 
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IMPROVING HEALTH WITH ACTIVEHEALTH’S SUPPORT

Since that episode, Daniel has followed ActiveHealth instructions and has taken charge of his health, greatly improving his diet and exercising regularly. His weight is decreasing slowly but steadily, and his blood pressure is under control.

For his 30th wedding anniversary in July, Daniel is organizing a surprise party for Angela that will include musician friends playing their favorite songs and the couple renewing their wedding vows, with Daniel in a tuxedo and Angela in a new wedding dress that Daniel is having made for her as an extra surprise.