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Official says Kaoshiung mayor's hospitalization not stroke related

Official says Kaoshiung mayor's hospitalization not stroke related

A Kaohsiung City Government official clarified yesterday that city Mayor Chen Chu did not have mild stroke as media reports claimed.
According to Hsiao Yu-cheng director-general of the city's Department of Information, Chen was taken to Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital Thursday afternoon due to a blood pressure surge while she was working outside the city office.
Soaring blood pressure
The systolic reading on Chen's blood pressure was 180, and at one point while she was hospitalized the reading soared to 210, Hsiao said.
"Based on what the doctors said, Chen did not suffer a stroke," Hsiao was quoted as saying. "But her blood pressure was so high that even the doctors were surprised." He added that Chen had had a thorough medical checkup over the weekend, and that the medical team will disclose the status of her health this afternoon.
Good health
Hsaio noted that when Chen was chairperson of the Council of Labor Affairs she was in good health as she jogged every morning. However, since she assumed the post of Kaohsiung City mayor, she has not been able to jog or exercise otherwise in the morning because of her heavy work schedule, he added.
Media reports
Local Chinese-language media reports in the last two days have claimed that Chen, who has a history of high blood pressure, suffered a mild stroke.
President Chen Shui-bian visited the mayor in Kaohsiung yesterday and later told reporters that she was exhausted.
The president said he hoped Chen Chu would rest and recover soon, stressing that the accomplishment of career goals is dependent on good health.


Updated : 2021-07-25 14:51 GMT+08:00