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Friday, July 12, 2013

PSA: Transient Ischemic Attack

Please take the time to make yourself knowledgeable about strokes and mini-strokes (transient ischemic attacks).  They can happen to people of all ages and often come with little to no warning.

My mother recently had two transient ischemic attacks.  She has not had any lasting effects from either but her MRI revealed that she had two previous attacks that were completely unknown.  She is now getting more exercise and taking a few medications so that we can try to prevent any further attacks--especially a full-blown stroke.  We were lucky that she had these mini-strokes as a warning of what could happen.  This can happen even when one's cholesterol is not high, triglyceride level is normal, and blood pressure is not high.  We had no idea that my mother was at risk.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.  :)

8 comments:

  1. oh, so sad to ear this.
    I'm near you.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for caring, Jò. It really means a lot. :)

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  2. Blessings for a good recovery for you Mother.
    I had wondered about this before, if people have mini-strokes without knowing. I actually had been diagnosed to have high cholesterol. Anyways I am not sure I want to be a life-long candidate for medications so I changed my diet instead of what the doctor seemed to be pushing the meds. Keep improving. Life can be less stressful too with regular meditation and yoga. Also, drinking lemon water and exercise. :) God Bless.

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish you the best, too. I also believe that diet and exercise are the best medicine for high cholesterol and a better first course of action before considering medication.

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  3. How scary . . . and yet how fortunate, like you say, to have an alarm sounded without any residual after effects. I had a TIA once umpteen years ago - at least that's what they think it was. You're right: these can happen to anybody, any age, any time. Thanks for reminding us, and all the best to your mother.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne.

      I hope it *never* happens to you again. Continue to take good care of yourself. :)

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  4. So glad your mom has had no lasting effects. Strange to be thankful for a diagnosis of TIA's, but the warning they provide is a key isn't it. Transient being the key word. I used to work in a hospital, as a speech-language pathologist - saw many who had suffered a stroke, and some who had 'only' suffered a TIA. Thank you for a reminder of how important our brains are, with as little plaque as possible in our arteries. Guess where it might end up when it breaks off. Here's to improving diet and exercise at any age.

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea. Mom's wake up call TIA really was a shock considering that her only real risk factor was age. That certainly shows just how vigilant we must all be in order to thwart strokes.

      I'm sure that your previous work really helped a lot of people return to their former selves. :)

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