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Report: Dusty Baker had mini-stroke

Per Mark Sheldon:

While in Chicago on Wednesday, Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat. As he was being discharged on Friday, he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital’s stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.

Dusty returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season’s final series next week in St. Louis.

There is more at the Sheldon piece, including a long quote from Dusty.

Here’s the NIH page on mini-strokes (transient ischemic attack). Take away: mini-strokes do not do lasting damage to the brain. The main risk is the onset of a full stroke. A new study found mini-strokes may have more lingering disability than previously thought.

6 thoughts on “Report: Dusty Baker had mini-stroke

  1. Thank God he was literally in the hospital when this happened. There is no better place to be if you’re going to have a stroke. Many prayers to Dusty and his family and Godspeed on his return to the Redlegs.

  2. We complain a lot about some of the stuff Dusty does and we don’t understand, but everyone wants him healthy and the players certainly want him healthy and in the clubhouse as much as possible until the end of the postseason.

  3. Very best wishes to Dusty and his family. Baseball is baseball, but life is important. Get well!

  4. Glad to see the skipper is making a full recovery. Despite the negative criticism he receives, we all agree that he has been instrumental in the development and progression of our favorite team. I don’t always agree with Dusty, but I honestly love what he means to our players. From this scary episode, my hope is that his healthy return will energize the guys for a long run in the post-season. Truly wishing for the good old toothpick to be %100

  5. Coming from a person who works in a hospital, remember not to place your expectations on what you read online in a worst case scenario. That can be a concern sometimes with patients, when they read about their diagnosis online and assume the worst. It sounds like he should be fine.

    I think this gives Dusty’s critics a good opportunity to see how things are without Dusty – if players are happier, performing better, if Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty seem happy, if everything is just splendid and picturesque – or is his absence a distraction with the players wanting him back. If he wasn’t assured of an extension before I think he is now.

  6. @redsfanman: For sure the Reds miss Dusty, but his absence might also inspire them. In any case, he’ll be back for the St. Louis series.

    Get your rest and get well, Dusty !

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