Stroke

Interview 27

Male
Age at interview: 84

Brief outline: He had multiple TIAs from the age 81. Within a year he had bilateral carotid endarterectomies which were successful. Medication' lisinopril, bendrofluazide, atenolol (blood pressure), simvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin (antiplatelet).

Background: Is a widower with 5 adult children. He is a retired maintenance engineer. Ethnic background/nationality' White/Welsh.

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This man had multiple transient ischaemic attacks or mini strokes from the age of 81 he is now 84. During the attacks he experienced visual disturbances, tingling in his fingers and loss of speech. 

He was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was referred to have a scan of the carotid arteries that carry blood to the brain through the neck. The left was found to be blocked and he was offered surgery to remove the blockage. After discussing the risks with the doctor he decided to go ahead. The operation took place under local anaesthetic and sedatives. During the operation he unfortunately had some problems with his heart and had to be resuscitated. He subsequently went on to have a pacemaker fitted. 

Three month after the first operation he started having TIAs again and the hospital discovered that the artery on the right of his neck had also become blocked. The second operation went well and since then he has had no further TIAs. He has no regrets about deciding to have the surgery as the out come has been positive and reduced his risk of having a full stroke.

He now takes medication to help prevent a further stroke including lisinopril, bendrofluazide and atenolol to control his blood pressure; simvastatin to reduce cholesterol and aspirin to prevent clotting. He has also changed his lifestyle and now eats well and exercises regularly.

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