Stroke

Interview 33

Female
Age at interview: 69

Brief outline: She had a stroke due to a clot aged 67, which caused weakness of her left arm and face and some initial speech problems. Medication' perindropril (blood pressure) simvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin, delayed release dipyridamole (antiplatelets).

Background: Is divorced with 4 adult children and she is a retired carer. Ethnic background/nationality' White/Scottish.

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This woman had her stroke at the age of 67 she is now 69. Her stroke was due a clot preventing the flow of blood to the right hand side of her brain. Her daughter noticed her stroke because her voice was slurred when the spoke on the phone. 

Her stroke was caused by high blood pressure and she has been told that smoking and high cholesterol were probably the main cause of this. She has reduced her smoking since the stroke but is finding it hard to give up altogether. She has also changed her diet to reduce the amount of fat that she eats. She also takes perindropril to control her blood pressure, simvastatin to reduce her cholesterol and aspirin and delayed release dipyridamole to prevent another blood clot. 

She has recovered well from her stroke and has been able to go back to live on her own after an initial period of staying with her daughter. Her family are very supportive although she sometimes feel they can be a little over protective of her although she knows they are only trying to help.

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