After surviving a bleeding brain aneurysm in December, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes stressed the importance of learning and knowing the signs that something’s wrong.
He made the decision then to work to educate the public on the warning signs of aneurysms and strokes.
On Thursday, the doctors who repaired Rhodes’s aneurysm will speak at a free seminar, the “Brain Game,” to let people know what to look for. The seminar will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.
Rhodes said he experienced symptoms that could have alerted him about the aneurysm in his brain had he ever known what they were.
“You’re not informed like you have been for a potential heart attack,” he said.
Dr. Imran Chaudry, a neurointerventional radiologist, and Dr. Christine Holmstedt, a cerebrovascular surgeon, led the team that repaired Rhodes’ aneurysm at the Medical University of South Carolina and will share tips to help recognize strokes and aneurysms.
“There’s no age criteria of strokes and aneurysms,” said Rhodes, 70.
He was 69 when he was diagnosed while Councilman Randal Wallace’s brother, Keith, was 26 when he died after an aneurysm burst in his brain last August.
“I’m trying to help give back to our community. Not just Myrtle Beach, the whole Grand Strand,” Rhodes said. “I was very fortunate – blessed – to have survived this.”