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Preventing mini strokes or TIA's: Gary Kubiak's collapse
PORT ARTHUR - by Ashley Gaston - Millions saw Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapse on the field Sunday night. Tuesday Kubiak was released from a hospital after he suffered what the team calls a mini stroke or TIA.
According to Doctors, the number one killer in our country is stroke and heart attack. Medical experts say more than half of the deaths can be prevented. Doctors say a TIA is a warning sign.
Getting a check-up has become second nature to Paul Queen.
I heard a noise in your right corrided artery, said Dr. Pradip Morbia.
It was a warning sign for the 66 year old. He also has diabetes and high blood pressure.
Feeling pain around my heart, the heart section, said Paul Queen.
Queen's sharp pain in his chest prompted Doctor Pradip Morbia to perform a series of tests.
Queen's artery to his brain looked something like this. It was 80 percent clogged. The blockage caused queen to have slurred speach, as well as tingling and numbness to the left side of his body.
He had TIA like symptoms, said Dr. Morbia.
Dr. Morbia placed a stent in Queen's clogged artery.
By putting in the stent the symptoms are gone, but the big thing is he prevented a major stroke, said Dr. Morbia.
Doctors say Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak suffered a TIA just before halftime of the team's game Sunday afternoon.
It's not clear yet what kind of treatment, if any Kubiak will need.
Doctor Morbia says the pictures of Kubiak's collapse in front of millions of TV viewers could serve as lesson to others.
"I believe in prevention, prevention is better than a cure," said Dr. Morbia.
Queen hopes the stent prevents a stroke. Now just four days after surgery his arteries are free from blockage and his quality of life has improved.
I feel perfect, God has really been blessing me, said Queen.
Doctors say a stroke and a TIA are both medical emergencies. They say it's critical to make an immediate call to 911.