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Arnold Clavio suffers hemorrhagic stroke, now recovering in the hospital

By NICK GARCIA Published Jun 14, 2024 3:01 pm

Veteran broadcast journalist Arnold Clavio suffered a hemorrhagic stroke during a regular day of playing golf in Rizal.

In an Instagram post on June 14, Clavio detailed his recent health scare as he shared a compilation of clips of him taken in the hospital. It opened with a text message in a yellow background that read, "June 11, 2024, 7:10 p.m. A life changer..."

"Pauwi na ako galing Eastridge Golf Course," he said in the caption. "Habang nasa biyahe, nakaramdam ako ng matinding pamamanhid sa kanang braso at binti. Di ko na rin maramdaman ang pag-apak sa pedal ng gas at break."

The 58-year-old said he stopped by a gasoline station to check himself. Upon going to the restroom, he said he had a hard time walking.

"Kailangan ko na may mahawakan," he said. "Agad kong tiningnan ang sarili ko sa salamin kung tabingi ba ang mukha ko o maga ang mata ko."

He returned to his car after seeing otherwise, though noted it wasn't easy.

Clavio planned to visit the first hospital he'd see.

"Kaya mula Antipolo," he said, "maingat ako na nag-drive sa Sumulong Highway hanggang makarating ako sa Emergency Room ng Fatima University Medical Center."

Doctors found that his blood pressure shot up to 220/120 and his blood sugar reached 270.

According to the National Institute on Aging, normal blood pressure for most adults is a systolic pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic pressure of less than 80.

WebMD, meanwhile, states that healthy blood sugar levels are less than 100 milligrams per deciliter after not eating for at least eight hours, and less than 140 mg/dL two hours after eating.

Clavio said he was advised to undergo a computed tomography or CT scan.

"Doon nakita na may ‘slight bleeding’ ako sa kaliwang bahagi ng aking utak," he said. "At sa oras na yon, ako ay nagkaroon na ng ‘HEMORRHAGIC STROKE.'"

According to WebMD, a hemorrhagic stroke happens when a weakened blood vessel in the brain bursts, resulting in bleeding inside the brain that can be hard to stop. It's commonly caused by high blood pressure.

Clavio was transferred to St. Lukes Medical Center for further observation, saying the hospital's brain attack team treated him in the emergency room immediately and was brought to the Acute Stroke Unit to monitor his blood pressure and sugar levels.

Clavio didn't provide other details about his current condition, but shared a lesson he learned.

"ARAL: Feeling ok does not mean [you're] ok… Feeling good does not mean we’re good," he said. "Listen to your body. Traydor ang hypertension! Always check your BP."

"Thank you Lord. I personally experienced your MIRACLE," he added.