"Selfie" Helps Doctors Diagnose Stroke Patient

When she felt the onset of symptoms of what would be her third transient ischemic attack, Stacey Yepes pulled out her smartphone and recorded the episode, describing the sensation to the camera. Physicians at a Toronto hospital were able to use the "selfie" to correctly identify her previously undiagnosed condition, known as "mini-strokes," according to a CBC report.

Physicians had previously misdiagnosed Ms. Yepes' condition as stress. "I think it was just to show somebody, because I knew it was not stress-related," she said in a CBC interview. "And I thought if I could show somebody what was happening, they would have a better understanding."

Ms. Yepes' self-recorded video was a first for physicians at Toronto Western Hospital. "In all my years treating stroke patients, we've never seen anyone tape themselves before," said Cheryl Jaigobin, MD, a neurologist at the hospital, in the report. "Her symptoms were compelling, and the fact she stopped and found a way to portray them in such a visual fashion, we were all touched by it."

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