Former Government worker, 49, suffered a stroke triggered by his COUGH

A former Government worker has told how he suffered a stroke after a nasty cough caused a rip in his artery.

Paul Park, who had no underlying health issues, could only say a few words and had no use in his right hand side a few days after the stroke.

The 49-year-old, from Cheltenham, had to quit his job of 30 years working in IT at the Ministry of Defence.

He believes the stroke may have been caused by a tear in one of his carotid arteries, a problem triggered by his cough.

A carotid dissection - the medical term for a tear in one of the arteries that supply blood to the brain - is a known cause of stroke. 

Paul Park, who had no underlying health issues, could only say a few words and had no use in his right hand side a few days after the stroke

Mr Park said: 'I had a nasty cold and a violent cough in the week leading up to my stroke, which may have caused the damage to the artery in my neck.

'I remember my eyes just feeling like tiny little things that kept going and coming back.

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Share 202 shares 'After my stroke, I spent six months in rehabilitation. I could only say three words: "yes", "no", and "computer".

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Mr Park's speech and movement have slowly improved in the two years since his stroke - thanks to his new found passion for art. 

He attends a Stroke Association support group, has regular speech and language therapy, and iqos heets bronze Sigara tütüNü he has discovered a new found love for art.

Mr Park said: 'Every Monday morning I attend a group with other stroke survivors and it's great. For the first time, I recognise there are other people like me.

'I love doing my art too, it's helped so much. I love pastels, watercolours and oil painting even though I've had to learn to do it with my left hand.

'My speech is improving, it's getting better and better. From day one, I've tried to be positive and to keep going up and up.'

Mr Park is also helping to spread awareness that stroke can happen to anyone, Iqos heets bronze sigara tütünü anytime, and the effects it can have.

Recently he gave a talk at a school in Cheltenham to showcase his artwork, tell his story and talk about how learning to paint with his weaker hand.

Stuart Cooper, iqos 3 multi 2.4 plus head of volunteering and community at the Stroke Association, said: 'We are delighted to see the progress Paul has made. 

'He has been so positive and IQOS Heets Bronze Sigara Tütünü worked so hard since his stroke - he's a real inspiration.

'Our volunteer groups can be a lifeline for people like Paul who are rebuilding their lives after stroke. 

He added: 'We would like to hear from local people who can volunteer a few hours to help.' 
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