Stroke

Interview 06

Male
Age at interview: 54

Brief outline: He had his stroke at the age of 53 during an emergency heart operation. His stroke caused partial right-sided paralysis and vision loss. Medication' bisoprolol (blood pressure), simvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin (antiplatelet).

Background: Is a married process operator with 2 adult children. Ethnic background/nationality' White/Scottish.

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This man had his stroke during an operation on his heart for an aortic dissection. He was previously very fit and had run, cycled and hill walked regularly. He sees the stroke as the least worst outcome as there could have been other severe consequences from the surgery.

The stroke was due to a clot lodged in the left hand side of his brain. He initially had paralysis on the right hand side of his body and has some loss of the peripheral vision on the right. 

To start with he was in intensive care, then a heart ward in another hospital and there was a delay moving him to stroke rehabilitation locally which he found frustrating. In stroke rehabilitation he managed to regain function in his leg and arm. After initially using a wheel chair he started walking and is now setting himself goals for walking and running. He has attended a cardiac gym which has given him a great boost and he advises others to find similar programs to help with fitness after their stroke. Although his hand function has improved he still feels it is weak and is wary of carrying things in that hand. 

He was hoping to return to work and was being helped by a community occupational therapist to find the best way to do this. The occupational therapist has also helped him to get back to helping his wife around the house particularly feeling safe cooking a meal.

He had recently started driving again after attending a special centre to have his driving assessed which he is very happy about.

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