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Goodyear Mayor Lord admitted to Barrow following TIA

GOODYEAR, AZ (Jan. 24, 2012, 9:15 PM)  Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord is being admitted this evening to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. She has been diagnosed with a TIA, a transient ischemic attack. TIAs, sometimes called mini-strokes, are actually a warning sign that a real stroke may occur in the near future unless preventative action is taken.

The problem occurred Monday evening during a council meeting. Mayor Lord felt poorly, excused herself, and was taken to West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, where doctors performed an MRI and other tests. West Valley Hospital officials suggested that Mayor Lord be transferred to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the procedure to open a blocked carotid artery, which will be done sometime in the next few days or so, after the blood thinners she takes are out of her system. It is a routine procedure with a quick recovery time, usually less than three weeks.

Before leaving West Valley Hospital this evening, Mayor Lord was in good spirits. Her speech, coordination and attitude are normal, and the Mayor is looking forward to moving forward with her treatment as soon as possible.

“I want everyone to know how important it is to take these kinds of symptoms seriously,” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “They are warning signs – a real red flag that should not be ignored. Taking action right away can literally save your life!” 

Symptoms of TIAs can include dizziness, confusion, and trouble reading, writing, walking, talking or understanding what others are saying. They can come on suddenly and can last just a few minutes or as long as an hour or so.

Unlike an actual stroke, a TIA does not cause brain tissue to die. But blood clots are common and if untreated can be very dangerous.  

Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne will serve as acting mayor until Mayor Lord has recovered fully and is ready to return, hopefully within the next  three to four weeks.

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