“The difference between me and Hailey Bieber is the right side of her face was paralyzed and she had numbness and tingling, so she had more physical symptoms,” Terry noted. “It was so obvious. Justin Bieber—who’s not a neuroscientist, let’s be honest—knew she was having a stroke.”
But aside from the obvious symptoms like speech-slurring or facial paralysis, the reality star doesn’t want everyone to worry if they have PFO.
“We don’t want to freak people out and tell them they all need to have an echocardiogram to see if they have PFO,” Terry stated, “but they need to understand the number one cause of death in this country and in most industrialized countries is cardiovascular disease and the number one cause of death in that group is stroke.”
As for what you can do to prevent a similar health scare? “If you have a heart murmur, figure out if you have PFO,” he added. “If you’re going to go on a long trip, wear compression socks. Get up on the plane every hour and walk around in the cabin. We are constantly being showered by little blood clots, but if you have PFO and a little blood clot gets to your brain, it is no joke.”
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