Stroke

Interview 13

Male
Age at interview: 66

Brief outline: He had a stroke due to a clot aged 66 which caused left weakness, pain/sensitivity and epilepsy. Medication' atenolol, perindopril (blood pressure), atorvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin (antiplatelet), Epilim (epilepsy), citalopram (anxiety).

Background: Is a widower living with a partner with 2 adult children. He is a retired management consultant. Ethnic background/nationality' White/English.

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This man had a stroke at the age of 66 he is now 68. The stroke was due to a clot blocking the flow of blood to the right hand side of his brain. It is possible that his stroke was due to high blood pressure which he had been treated for, for many years.

His partner first noticed he was having a stroke because he had some weakness in his face on the left hand side. He also felt some weakness, numbness and sensitivity on the left hand side of his body. He was always able to walk and talk after the stroke but had some rehabilitation in hospital to make sure he was okay on stairs and could carry out simple domestic tasks.

The main problems he has been left with are numbness and sensitivity on the left hand side of his body. He finds that cold sensations can sometimes feel quite painful. 

Since the stroke he has also developed seizures. He was surprised by this as he did not know that it was something that could happen after a stroke and feels that others should be warned about the possibility.

He has also had some problems with anxiety since the stroke partly because he feels the stroke has made him more likely to forget things. He has had some help from a psychologist who has helped with relaxation techniques. He also takes some medication to help control anxiety.

He has given up golf and painting since his stroke which he misses. He tries to keep positive and occupy his time with other things such as doing word puzzles. 

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