Wednesday, January 15, 2014

KGO-TV's Heather Ishimaru Suffers Stroke

Heather Ishimaru Veteran KGO-TV Reporter, (ABC7), Heather Ishimaru has suffered a stroke and is in a SF rehabilitation center, unable to speak.


"She's in real bad shape", said a knowledgeable station source.


Ishimaru covers Transportation and the Courts for KGO. She's been at the O and O for nearly fifteen years.


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18 comments:

  1. Oh no! Please get well soon!

    Darrin C

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  2. How very sad. All the best to her and her family. Will keep her in our prayers.

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  3. There is nothing worse. Being in the communications business and not being able to communicate with others. Sometimes, our body and brain are so cruel, so unexpectedly. Our thoughts are with Heather. So sad.

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  4. Hope Heather recovers. Its physically stressful working in the biz, especially in that Circle 7 pressure cooker building. The Trixie-led "budget first" regime is brutal. Veteran air talent watch out, your next!

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  5. I hope she recovers completely and soon!

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  6. My prayers and best wishes to her and her family.by being in the communication business I hope she finds the strength to make it through her rehab stronger than ever.

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  7. Very saddened to hear this! Sending deepest thoughts and hopes for a complete recovery. Please get well soon, Heather!

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  8. Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery!

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  9. God bless. She looks so young, how old is she?

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  10. I'm stunned. Heather was/is a class act. Appearances can be deceiving, but to me she always came across as calm and in control. She'd be the last candidate I'd advance for a stroke, which is scary. Shows it can happen to anyone.

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    1. A stroke (which can be from either a blood vessel rupture or a blockage--and a blockage either from a spontaneously formed blood clot or plaque broken off the interior of the blood vessels) can come from a number of causes; diet and lifestyle matter a lot, but outward appearance and demeanor can predict little, if at all. At a very calm and ordinary moment at home I had a mild stroke that passed in thirty seconds and I was standing up the entire time (one arm went dead and I had a weird sound/sensation in the ear on the same side). Fortunately no major lasting effects. A week of tests narrowed it down to one or more genetic clotting disorders (same mechanism that causes some people clotting problems, e.g., on long flights). For "younger" (e.g., < 60ish) stroke victims who are otherwise in good cardiovascular health, these genetic disorders are often concluded to be the culprit when it was a blockage-type stroke.

      I too have always liked Heather and respected her work. We need more like her on TV news. Here's hoping she fully recovers and lives a long, productive and healthy life.

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  11. Wow! That's too bad. I always liked her. :-(

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  12. Get well and hurry back to work.

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  13. So sad. About how old is she?
    Was this the Heather from Dr. Dean Edell's program?
    It seems I've heard her unique voice on local radio recently.

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  14. Not the Heather from Dean Edell.

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    1. The Heather that used to be on with Dr. Dean Edell is now an on-air assistant/sidekick for Leo Laporte, on his computer show.

      That's probably where the earlier respondent at 1:39 pm heard her familiar voice. Heather Haman (Dr. Dean's former assistant) is local to the Bay Area, as is Leo Laporte's show, which now comes out of Leo's own studios that are located in the Petaluma area. Leo's computer tech show (which now centers almost exclusively on "smart phones" and their apps, rather than computers) is broadcast locally on AM 910 on Sunday afternoons, beginning at 3 pm. If you're a mobile phone addict, like so many are these days, you might enjoy listening to the show.

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  15. For women, a leading cause of early stroke is often related to hormone medication or birth control pills. Early strokes have taken a big time leap since the birth control pills have been widely used. Of course, the other cause, as for my cousin is high blood pressure.

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  16. Heather interviewed me some years back outside my mothers Burlingame nursing home that had suffered some heat wave deaths.as we walked up the steps to the main entrance i asked her whats the one good thing about living in a nursing home? as she opened the door and the smell hit her i said ...you can fart all you want and nobody will notice.laughs from her and cameraman.wife had strokes also were praying for her.

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