(Closed) My Dad had a mini-stroke yesterday – any bees who are DOCTORS I can speak with?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mayo clinic to the rescue! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mini-stroke/AN01432 looks like it could be indicative of possible issues–which is good because it can be fixed before anything happens to him:

When people use the term “ministroke,” what they’re really referring to is a transient ischemic attack (TIA) — a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain. The symptoms of a Thanks In Advance are similar to those of a stroke, but a Thanks In Advance doesn’t destroy brain cells or cause permanent disability. However, TIAs may recur and each Thanks In Advance increases the risk of a subsequent stroke.

If you suspect that you’ve had a Thanks In Advance, seek immediate medical attention. You may need various diagnostic tests — such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerized tomography (CT) scan — to help determine what caused the Thanks In Advance. Depending on the underlying cause, you may need medication to prevent blood clots or a procedure to remove fatty deposits from the arteries that supply blood to your brain

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

My grandmother passed away after a series of ministrokes that was misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s (we found out after her autopsy).  I really suggest that he change his lifestyle to prevent another.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t have any medical advice, just some bee hugs…. xoxo! Cry

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@stephinPA: I’ve been a neurosurgical ICU nurse for 5 years.  I work in a Magnet academic medical facility that is a primary stroke center.  If you have specific questions, please PM me.  I would gladly answer any questions you may have.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@stephinPA:  i’m so sorry to hear about your dad.  My grandmother had multiple mini-strokes before a major one paralyzed her.  My one major piece of advice is to educate yourself and your family on the signs of a stroke.  This way if he happens to show any of the symptons you can get medical help right away.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@stephinPA

I think ej did a good job giving you the general idea. I too would be happy to answer any questions if you PM me or if you have specific questions that you think the board would benefit from and you don’t mind sharing info, you can post them here.

Keep a close eye on him for the first 2 days-48 hours (yesterday and today through tomorrow). I wouldn’t leave him alone during that time period.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

ejs’s post is correct.  A Thanks In Advance doesn’t result in any permanent damage, but is a warning sign to look at all the ways to decrease the risk of a stroke.  The tests he is probably having done: brain MRI, carotid doppler (ultrasound of carotid arteries to look for blockage), echo (heart ultrasound looking for abnormalities putting him at higher risk for a stroke), EKG (looking for a heart condition that increases risk of stroke), and cholesterol (which can block all arteries including the ones that go to the brain and cause a stroke).

His doctor will review his meds, and if medically appropriate will add (or make sure he is on)

1. anti-platelet therapy- essentially thins blood to decrease risk of clots blocking arteries

2. statin or other cholesterol medication

Good luck and prayers!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@beekiss2: It sounds like what your grandmother had wasn’t a Thanks In Advance, but was vascular dementia.  That is a series of tiny but true strokes, that gradually kills off brain cells and looks a lot like Alzheimer’s.  Classically, “mini-stroke” usually refers to a transient ischemic attack (transient meaning that it goes away and isn’t permanent).  I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother, and I can imagine that it was really hard for your family.  I just wanted to clarify for the OP.  You’re right though about them having the same root cause – cholesterol build-up in arteries that can stop blood flow or throw clots.

StephinPA – I hope your dad feels better, and this truly is a good warning sign, because now hopefully his doctors will be able to help him prevent a permanent stroke.  Good luck to him.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@beekiss2: It sounds like what your grandmother had wasn’t a Thanks In Advance, but was vascular dementia.  That is a series of tiny but true strokes, that gradually kills off brain cells and looks a lot like Alzheimer’s.  Classically, “mini-stroke” usually refers to a transient ischemic attack (transient meaning that it goes away and isn’t permanent).  I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother, and I can imagine that it was really hard for your family.  I just wanted to clarify for the OP.  You’re right though about them having the same root cause – cholesterol build-up in arteries that can stop blood flow or throw clots.  However, lifestyle isn’t the only factor, since genetics and luck play a major role.

StephinPA – I hope your dad feels better, and this truly is a good warning sign, because now hopefully his doctors will be able to help him prevent a permanent stroke.  Good luck to him.

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