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Old 07-29-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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My best friend had a Mini Stroke a couple weeks ago. She didn't even tell me when it happened and mentioned it to me causally as if it was not a big deal. She was talking fine and acting fine. She mentioned wanted a tummy tuck and I was like how safe is that after having a mini stroke???

I know she takes adderall, she claims only 5mg to ADHD. She says it gives her energy but I think she is taking more and using it for weight loss because she lost a lot of weight recently. She had a baby almost a year ago and her BP went up to 200/140. They got it down finally but she went off meds claiming her BP was fine.

Now she says she had a mini stroke because her BP sky rocketed! She refuses to talk about it and some idiot doc is giving her adderall. I don't know much about mini strokes, I did some research and it said they are caused by hypertension of clots but didnt say her risk for further strokes or treatment.

She is so vain and I m starting not to trust her doctors. Should I tell her top stop the adderall in spite of her doctor giving them to her still even after the mini stroke? It just seems so odd to me for someone to be taking speed under these circumstances.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My best friend had a Mini Stroke a couple weeks ago. She didn't even tell me when it happened and mentioned it to me causally as if it was not a big deal. She was talking fine and acting fine. She mentioned wanted a tummy tuck and I was like how safe is that after having a mini stroke???

I know she takes adderall, she claims only 5mg to ADHD. She says it gives her energy but I think she is taking more and using it for weight loss because she lost a lot of weight recently. She had a baby almost a year ago and her BP went up to 200/140. They got it down finally but she went off meds claiming her BP was fine.

Now she says she had a mini stroke because her BP sky rocketed! She refuses to talk about it and some idiot doc is giving her adderall. I don't know much about mini strokes, I did some research and it said they are caused by hypertension of clots but didnt say her risk for further strokes or treatment.

She is so vain and I m starting not to trust her doctors. Should I tell her top stop the adderall in spite of her doctor giving them to her still even after the mini stroke? It just seems so odd to me for someone to be taking speed under these circumstances.
mini strokes can be a signal of what is ahead or can be a one time thing, but it shouldn't affect the surgery; her blood pressure is another issue. All she can do, is be honest with the doctor and take his/her advise. My husband had his first mini stroke about 25 years ago, didn't have another until 3 years ago and hasn't had one since, he is on pretty strong blood thinners; one is relatively new and is working wonders, but of course he can't take them for days before surgery.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I think she told me in the past her BP was normal/low in the doctors office, so probably why they weren't concerned. She does have a history of really high BP but blamed it on post surgery which may have been the case but she also said she had a BP spike with the mini stroke. Sounds like ot me her BP is not being treated properly.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:46 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm a nursing student, and I will graduate nursing school is 8 months. Maybe I can clear things up for you a little bit. A, "mini stroke" is called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. It occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A TIA is often a warning sign that a real stroke may occur in the future if nothing is done to reduce the risk factors.

Unlike a stroke, a TIA does not cause brain tissue death, and there are no lasting effects. A TIA may be caused by numerous factors, these include: a narrowing of part of an artery in the brain, a blood clot that travels to the brain from another location in the body, damage to a blood vessel, or a blood clot that forms in an artery in the brain. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the number one risk factor for TIA and stroke. Other risk factors include: increased cholesterol, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm), diabetes, family history, increasing age, and race (African-Americans are at an increased risk).

More than 10% of people who have a TIA will have a stroke within the next 3 months.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've had several of them. My doctor advised me to take 81mg aspirin daily, about seven years ago (I was in my 60s), and I haven't had one since.

They were very strange. In one of them, I sat down at the computer, and looked at the keyboard, and couldn't remember how to make it do what I wanted it to do. After a few hours, everything gradually went back to normal. In another one, my vision went blurry for about a half a day, gradually coming back to normal.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:02 PM
 
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I'm 17 and I had a mini stroke. I know that I did.. my doctor keeps telling me I didn't and refuses to test me for anything. It was on August 30th that I was sitting in my kitchen and all of a sudden my vision went double, i couldn't talk at all, and i could barely walk. i remember going to my bed to lay down and i was slurring my words when i tried to call my boyfriend. nobody believes me. idk what else it could be. im terrified, and i don't know what to do.. i know it was a TIA, and nobody believes me because i am so young, and having no medical insurance makes everything worse. i worry about this every day of my life..
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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I'm 17 and I had a mini stroke. I know that I did.. my doctor keeps telling me I didn't and refuses to test me for anything. It was on August 30th that I was sitting in my kitchen and all of a sudden my vision went double, i couldn't talk at all, and i could barely walk. i remember going to my bed to lay down and i was slurring my words when i tried to call my boyfriend. nobody believes me. idk what else it could be. im terrified, and i don't know what to do.. i know it was a TIA, and nobody believes me because i am so young, and having no medical insurance makes everything worse. i worry about this every day of my life..
I know lots of people who have no medical insurance and they're always going to the doctor. Is there no "charity" hospital near you? (I don't know if they still call them that, wouldn't want to offend anyone.) If it ever happens again, try to get to an ER at the "charity" hospital and they will treat you.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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mini strokes can be a signal of what is ahead or can be a one time thing, but it shouldn't affect the surgery; her blood pressure is another issue. All she can do, is be honest with the doctor and take his/her advise. My husband had his first mini stroke about 25 years ago, didn't have another until 3 years ago and hasn't had one since, he is on pretty strong blood thinners; one is relatively new and is working wonders, but of course he can't take them for days before surgery.
Mini strokes or TIAs should be evaluated by a stroke specialist almost as urgently as a Stroke. Our UK National Stroke Guidelines say within 24 hrs. The risk factors are exactly the same as for stroke, but , as they're a warning sign, there may be interventions which can made to prevent a stroke occuring. Again, our stroke guidelines say Ultrasound of the carotid arteries within 1 week of the event. Of course there may be other risk factors present, eg Atrial Fibrillation , which need to be evaluated and controlled. If your husband was on Coumadin but is now on one of the newer oral anticoagulants, then he may have AF.

I would hope that, if told, no anesthesiologist or surgeon would touch someone who's had a mini stroke and not had a full work up. The risk is not particularly the high blood pressure on its own, but the fact that a sudden drop in the BP during surgery can actually cause a stroke.

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I'm a nursing student, and I will graduate nursing school is 8 months. Maybe I can clear things up for you a little bit. A, "mini stroke" is called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. It occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A TIA is often a warning sign that a real stroke may occur in the future if nothing is done to reduce the risk factors.

Unlike a stroke, a TIA does not cause brain tissue death, and there are no lasting effects. A TIA may be caused by numerous factors, these include: a narrowing of part of an artery in the brain, a blood clot that travels to the brain from another location in the body, damage to a blood vessel, or a blood clot that forms in an artery in the brain. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the number one risk factor for TIA and stroke. Other risk factors include: increased cholesterol, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm), diabetes, family history, increasing age, and race (African-Americans are at an increased risk).

More than 10% of people who have a TIA will have a stroke within the next 3 months.
Well done!

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I've had several of them. My doctor advised me to take 81mg aspirin daily, about seven years ago (I was in my 60s), and I haven't had one since.

They were very strange. In one of them, I sat down at the computer, and looked at the keyboard, and couldn't remember how to make it do what I wanted it to do. After a few hours, everything gradually went back to normal. In another one, my vision went blurry for about a half a day, gradually coming back to normal.
If your Doctor really thought it was a stroke then he should have referred you to a specialist. I say stroke because , although the definition of a TIA is that symptoms resolve within 24hrs, the clinical diagnosis is that if the symptoms continue for more than about 20 mins then it's a stroke.

I worked as a NP/Research Nurse/Critical care nurse with Stroke patients for 7 years. Please don't mess with Stroke. It's probably one of the most devastating conditions of medicine.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I had a TIA 6 1/2 years ago. I feel like some of the left over effects were stroke-like, such as one side of my top lip is now lower than the other, sometimes when I talk there is an issue, almost a slur, and one of my feet has a bit of a drag since then.

I was actually working for an internist when it happened and I was taken by ambulance right away to the hospital and hospitalized for a few days.

My dr felt like it was Bells Palsy. I did not agree at the time, nor do I now. I do have a history of high cholesterol which has not gone away over all the years despite eating healthy. I do believe it is genetic by way of my father. He had 4 bypass surgeries.

I was on Pravachol which helped it and then I was removed from it and my levels have skyrocketed.

OP, it is nothing for your friend to mess around with.
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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I had a TIA 6 1/2 years ago. I feel like some of the left over effects were stroke-like, such as one side of my top lip is now lower than the other, sometimes when I talk there is an issue, almost a slur, and one of my feet has a bit of a drag since then.

I was actually working for an internist when it happened and I was taken by ambulance right away to the hospital and hospitalized for a few days.

My dr felt like it was Bells Palsy. I did not agree at the time, nor do I now. I do have a history of high cholesterol which has not gone away over all the years despite eating healthy. I do believe it is genetic by way of my father. He had 4 bypass surgeries.

I was on Pravachol which helped it and then I was removed from it and my levels have skyrocketed.

OP, it is nothing for your friend to mess around with.
If you have a residual deficits then it was a stroke, not a TIA. Did your Doctor think Bells Palsy causes leg weakness ?.
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