In the News: Fox29 Reporter Shares His Story as Warning to Others – Never ignore a sudden change in vision loss

Heart monitor measuring vital signs.When Fox 29 reporter Chris O’Connell woke up one morning with sudden loss of vision to his left eye, he would have never guessed the cause. His ophthalmologist sent him to Dr. Bob Sergott, Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, who discovered that Chris had experienced a stroke.

Dr. Sergott referred Chris to Dr. Arnold J. Greenspon, Director of Jefferson’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory. Dr. Greenspon implanted a cardiac monitor, which will watch Chris’s heartbeat 24 hours a day. Chris also had a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), which gave doctors a 3D image of his heart. This helped doctors discover a hole in Chris’s heart and a quadracupsid aortic valve.

In his first-person report on Fox 29, Chris said his main priority is preventing another stroke through medication, a healthy lifestyle and the heart monitor. He believes his loss in vision was a warning sign that may have saved his life. He also warns others to never ignore a sudden change in vision loss.

Additional news media covered Chris’s story including People Magazine, Philly Voice and Philly.com.

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