San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) is in good condition and undergoing treatment at a San Antonio area hospital after being diagnosed with "carotid artery dissection" due to a tear in his carotid artery which caused blockage near his head. Senator Uresti, a Marine, is in otherwise "tip-top" shape.
“I had a headache and neck pain for almost a week, and on Saturday made the decision to finally get it checked out. Less than two hours later, my doctor admitted me into the emergency room. If I didn't have insurance, I'm not sure I would have gone. This personal and serious experience further solidifies in my mind the importance of reducing the high rate of uninsured Texas families.
“Being from the Southside, and a Marine—I know that many men are raised with the mindset to just 'tough it out' when you have a pain. You might eat healthy, exercise, or train for a marathon—you name it—but if your body gives you a sign that something might be wrong, you need to listen and get it checked out ASAP. No amount of pride is worth your life.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.
Senator Uresti, age 52, is expected to make a full recovery and will be released from the hospital sometime mid-week.
"The care that I have received from my doctors and nursing staff has been incredible. They identified the medical issue and immediately begin to treat it before it could progress. I will be back to working for my 821,000 constituents in no time at all.” said Uresti.