Stroke

Interview 46

Male
Age at interview: 82

Brief outline: He had a stroke due to a clot aged 75 which caused right sided weakness and numbness. Medication' atenolol, lisinopril, adalat (blood pressure), furosemide (water), simvastatin (cholesterol), aspirin (antiplatelet).

Background: Is a married father of 2 children. He is a retired Professional Engineer. Ethnic background/nationality' White/Scottish.

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This man had his stroke at the age of 75 he is now 82. His stroke was caused by a clot that blocked the flow of blood to the left side of his brain. This resulted in weakness and numbness in his right leg, arm and face. He had a heart/circulatory problems some years before the stroke and since the stroke he has been diagnosed with secondary diabetes and thinks that the stroke may have been due to these conditions. He now takes atenolol, lisinopril, adalat to control blood pressure, simvastatin to reduce cholesterol and aspirin to prevent further clots forming.

A week before the stroke he experienced some transient visual disturbance whilst driving. He had seen the doctor who did not think they were any cause for concern but said they should keep an eye on it. When he had the stroke he was found by his wife in their bathroom, although he did not totally lose consciousness he can not remember much about the stroke. The doctor came out and arranged for him to go into the local cottage hospital after the weekend. The doctor also arranged for some tests in a larger city hospital some distance away - these took a long time to come through which both he and the doctor found annoying.

He was in the cottage hospital for 10 days. He feels he received little in the way of rehabilitation and realises now that he should have perhaps asked for more as he found out recovery of function is better if more is done straight away. He wanted to get better after the stroke so took up swimming and attended a sports session overseen by a doctor. He has been able to walk again but still has numbness and weakness in his arm and hand.

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