Stroke

Interview 31

Male
Age at interview: 59

Brief outline: This man had two TIAs (aged 56) and a stroke (aged 57) due to clots. The stroke caused temporary paralysis on his left. Medication' perindopril, bendroflumethiazide (blood pressure), atorvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin, delayed release dipyridamole (antiplatelet).

Background: Is divorced with no children and he is a retired dustman/ retained fire-fighter. Ethnic background/nationality' White/Scottish.

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This man had two transient ischaemic attacks followed by a stroke at the age of 57. He is now 59. The strokes were due to blood clots preventing the flow of blood to the brain. Although he was fit from working as a dustman he had been a smoker and feels that he had drunk more alcohol than he should have. He did not give up smoking until after his stroke. Since the stroke he has also reduced his alcohol intake and now only drinks on special occasions and has improved his diet. He also takes perindopril and bendroflumethiazide to reduce his blood pressure, atorvastatin to reduce cholesterol and aspirin and (delayed release dipyridamole) to prevent further clots.

The stroke caused weakness in his left arm and leg. He has been able to walk and use his arm again and has been very motivated to get back to walking so that he can continue to look after his dog. Since he returned home from hospital he has set himself increasing walking goals. Having the company of his dog and the support of family has been very important to him as he lives alone.

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