Southampton personal trainer survives stroke during online training session
A PERSONAL trainer has shared the horrific moment he suffered a stroke while teaching an online class.
Father-of-one Glen Eastick, 33, was unable to speak to his on-screen client as the stroke developed rapidly.
Glen, who trains people at the Harbor Hotel in Ocean Village, Southampton, suffered a stroke caused by a hole in his heart – called PFO – and only survived thanks to his quick-witted girlfriend.
She had gone home as Glen struggled to speak, spotted the symptoms of a stroke, and called an ambulance.
Glen, whose symptoms began while he was preparing lunch before training, is now speaking out about the horrific July 2020 incident as he calls for more research into strokes caused by a hole in the body. the heart.
He said: “I briefly lost the use of my arm for about ten seconds and dribbled around a bit but then continued to cook lunch.
“Then when I entered my next online session, I realized I couldn’t speak. Nothing came out except a strange word. My client said how are you?
“My girlfriend Bex was out for a walk with our six week old baby Evie and as soon as she got back she realized something was wrong as I had trouble speaking.
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“She called the ambulance and I was rushed to hospital.”
He was given drugs to dissolve the clot blocking the blood supply that was killing his brain cells.
Glen has now recovered well – and even set his personal best 10k three months after heart surgery.
He supports the Stroke Association’s call for more research.
He said: “I was very lucky to recover well, but others weren’t so lucky, which is why research is so important.
“I think research on PFOs or why blood tends to clot more in some people than others can help.
“I also believe that drug research could be further developed because I am on clopidogrel at the moment. I am taking it, but the thought of taking drugs for the rest of my life does not fill me with joy.
“As a personal trainer, I specialize in people with health conditions such as multiple sclerosis and strokes, so I know all about them, but I never thought it would bother me. would happen.
“After my stroke, I took all my theory and made it relevant to myself. I knew what I should and shouldn’t do to get back into running.
“It can be quite nerve-wracking to go back to exercising after a stroke and you worry about it happening again. You worry about not being able to trust your body anymore.”
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