Announcer Peter Taylor sent home after CT scan shows no sign of stroke

Peter Taylor posed with middle-distance greats Nick Berra and Lorraine Jasper after a 2013 meet.Peter Taylor posed with middle-distance greats Nick Berra and Lorraine Jasper after a 2013 meet.

Good news from famed meet-announcer Peter Taylor. He’s at home in Fairfax, Virginia, after a brief medical scare. On Friday, we was getting set for outpatient surgery when the anesthesiologist noticed his mouth drooping on the left side. Fearing a stroke, they gave him a CT scan, his sister Phoebe told me. Later, Pete called me to report that it wasn’t a stroke but possibly a TIA — transient ischemic attack. Pete says they found an aneurysm in his carotid artery, but “not big enough” to be a threat. He’s has two strokes, including one in 2012. He was sent home from Inova Fairfax Hospital on Saturday morning after what felt like 10 days to Peter.

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16 Comments on "Announcer Peter Taylor sent home after CT scan shows no sign of stroke"

  1. Thanks, Ken. They did send me to get an MRI (I got two MRIs as well as MRA [magnetic resonance angiography]) a few hours after I got the CT scan. The radiologist saw no sign of a stroke but did notice a small aneurysm when he/she looked at the right carotid artery.

    Peter L. Taylor

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  3. Take care Pete. Our thoughts are with you.
    Tom and Lesley Hinz

  4. Glad you’re doing better, Pete!

  5. Emma McGowan | June 18, 2018 at 8:08 am | Reply

    Thank you for letting us know. I’m glad Pete is alright. Have a good recovery Pete.
    Emma McGowan

  6. wow, Pete, always making things exciting, even off the track! Still a scary episode. Take care of yourself and let the world softly advance, ignoring those things that used to get your attention. Enjoy your fav meals and watch a humorous show,Louise

  7. Terry Ballou | June 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Reply

    Glad to hear it wasn’t a stroke. Thinking of you, Pete, and hoping you have a speedy recovery!

  8. Angela staab | June 19, 2018 at 8:16 am | Reply

    Glad you are okay! Going to meets not as much fun without you there! I told you getting older not for sissies ???‍♀️

  9. Ed Rhyne Jr. | June 19, 2018 at 11:22 am | Reply

    Glad to hear you’re doing well. I hope you have the speediest of speedy recoveries!

  10. David E. Ortman (M65) | June 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Reply

    Pete: Let’s not be setting any “heart” records, except for recovery. Stay warm!

  11. Joseph A Burleson | June 20, 2018 at 8:48 am | Reply

    Good news, Pete! Hope to hear that you continue to be in good health!

  12. Charlie Roll | June 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Reply

    All the best Pete for speedy recovery and best wishes for good health

  13. Dave Neumann | June 21, 2018 at 11:43 am | Reply

    Wishing you well.

  14. Thanks to everyone for the kind words. Today I was rescheduled for the original urologic surgery, which will be an outpatient event on July 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Of course, the last time I was scheduled for outpatient surgery I ended up with no surgery but did get a room on one of the inpatient floors (I was on the stroke unit).

    Peter L. Taylor
    Fairfax, VA

  15. Saladin Allah | August 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Reply

    Wishing you the absolute best, Pete. Hope to hear you again real soon.

  16. Thanks, Sal. You and I go back quite a long way, and it’s all been good. You can hear me in Ithaca, New York, at the Hartshorne Mile in January, and I will be announcing at the national indoor masters in March (Winston-Salem, NC).

    I am still suffering some unpleasant effects from my surgery on July 13, but I should be rid of all of them by the end of August.

    Hope to see you again on the track, Sal.

    Peter L. Taylor
    Fairfax, Virginia

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