Even a triathlete can have a stroke.
Ask David Schrage.
David Schrage was in the best physical shape of his life. He was training for an Iron Man - one of the most recognized endurance events in the world, comprised of a 26.2 mile run, a 2.4 mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride.
But around 3 p.m. on February 17, 2010 something happened. Schrage, a financial planner with Merrill Lynch in New London, had a stroke at work. His colleagues called an ambulance immediately and Schrage was transported to Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital. His symptoms were devastating – he couldn't talk and he was paralyzed on the right side. But he was lucky.
He was lucky because L&M Hospital was part of Yale-New Haven Hospital's TeleStroke program. Schrage received the clot-busting medicine tPA at L&M before being airlifted to Yale-New Haven. At Yale-New Haven, doctors, concerned that his symptoms were not improving, tried everything they knew to do. Then they went a step further.