A closer look into mini strokes

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:38pm

Houston Texans coach, Gary Kubiak, collapsed during the half time show on Sunday night.

Reports say Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke.

Mini strokes are known as the "warning stroke".

According to cardiologist Scott Lieberman, "In a mini stroke, the damage is by definition temporary and reversible".

This can be caused by blood clots, closed artery spasms, or even human genetics.

Males are generally more at risk than females.

However, stress is also a factor. Lieberman says, "Indirectly stress does raise heart rate and blood pressure"

The daily pressures head football coaches face may have an effect on personal health.

KETK spoke with the head football coach at Bishop T.K Gorman high school, Colby Gipson, who gave us an inside look on the daily life of a coach.

Gipson says, "It's a 7 day a week job. We spend about 80 hours a week out here, sometimes more during the week during football season".

Gipson mentions that it is necessary to maintain health by staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a big picture perspective when playing individual games.

He says, "There's a lot of hours involved. There are expectations that you have to meet" .

This added stress still does not rival his love for the game and his team. "You only have a certain amount of time with them. There's only a certain window that they're going to be with you, so you feel like you have to make the most of that time".

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