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Old 12-27-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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17yo cousin leaky valve possible stroke

Hi, I am just looking for some input maybe from sombody who has been through this or anybody who can shed light on some issues my cousin has, here is the background,

My 17 year old female cousin was born with a congenital heart defect which was a hole in her heart. At the age of 1 they fixed the hole and she never really had issues untill the age of 15. She started passing out and haveing chest pains she went back to her dr who said she had another tiny hole in her heart as well as a leaky valve. He told my aunt neither one was of great concern and did not need to be fixed right away. From 15 untill her age now 17 she just looks so pale all the time and has no energy it seems like a day at school is all she can do and she can not go out with friends etc. Last week she went to her family doctor for a sore throat and her doctor suspected she has had a stroke since the last time he saw her which was two months ago for an ear ache. Her speech has become slightly slured and the right side of her face seems to droop. Honestly I did notice her speech was off but I did not think to much about it untill I heard this. The family doctor said she needs to go to another doctor and get many test done but my aunt seems to just want to wait it out and see what her heart doctor says when she called him they said she could not be seen untill early Feb. I have a strong distrust in her heart doctor and I feel she needs to get a new doctor. I know a leaky valve as well as a hole in her heart could possibly cause strokes anybody ever deal with a situation like this? What kind of doctors should she see? (She has great health benefits thankfully)

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Re: 17yo cousin leaky valve possible stroke

I don't know the background, but if that was currently happening to me then I would be going to the ER right now.

If she had a stroke of any kind then she should of been taken to the ER, not passed around between GP and specialist appointments.

I don't know what the health system is like where you are, but tests should of been done right away. Slurred speech, face dropping and people don't know what is going on? Are you kidding me?

I would take her to the ER, well I would if you were living in Australia.

Neurologist - Is a specialist that treats the brain, which looks after strokes as the brain causes that.

Cardiologist - Is the specialist for the heart for her hole and valve.

She needs to see both, one for the stroke and the other for the heart that would of caused the stroke if indeed that is what is causing her issues at the moment.

She has health benefits, then use them !!!!!

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Old 12-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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Re: 17yo cousin leaky valve possible stroke

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I don't know the background, but if that was currently happening to me then I would be going to the ER right now.

If she had a stroke of any kind then she should of been taken to the ER, not passed around between GP and specialist appointments.

I don't know what the health system is like where you are, but tests should of been done right away. Slurred speech, face dropping and people don't know what is going on? Are you kidding me?

I would take her to the ER, well I would if you were living in Australia.

Neurologist - Is a specialist that treats the brain, which looks after strokes as the brain causes that.

Cardiologist - Is the specialist for the heart for her hole and valve.

She needs to see both, one for the stroke and the other for the heart that would of caused the stroke if indeed that is what is causing her issues at the moment.

She has health benefits, then use them !!!!!
Thanks for the info the doctor that I dislike and distrust is the cardiologist she currently has, he is the one who did not want to see her untill early feb. I agree and if she was my daughter she would have been in the ER after the doctor suspected the stroke but she is not. I am going to give my aunt a call and try to make her take her ASAP. Thanks a lot for the reply.

 
Old 12-27-2011, 03:53 PM   #4
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Re: 17yo cousin leaky valve possible stroke

Most Cardiologists are good, But unless you have an urgent referral by the doctor, then you will be put in a queue.

If you go to the ER, they will run tests, CT scan, etc. They will have specialists on staff who can at least look at test results and scans and give their initial consultation opinion.

In Australia we have advertising in our media looking at Heart attack and stroke signs and to call 000, (our emergency number), right away if you think you are getting signs of heart attack or stroke.

Drop side of the face, slurred speech, that is a key sign of a stroke, confusion in speech and thinking, no energy, the list of symptoms keeps adding up.

 
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