Originally Posted by WiMike
My mom is 82 years old and had a minor stroke 2 months ago and was put on coumadin. Then had another stroke 3 weeks ago and had MRI and MRA tests that showed some brain blockage and the Neurologist switched her to 325mg of aspirin, told her there is nothing that can be done in brain artery blokages, sent her on her way and just told her "come back in a month unless something happens." Well we are nervously wondering are we just waiting for another stroke to happen here or is the aspirin the solution and we all can relax. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
Hello and welcome to our family of stroke survivors and caregivers. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It is a worry and we depend so much on the advice and direction of doctors it makes it very difficult when we feel they are not giving the close attention they should. However, I do agree with Tinam7, there is so much you can do on your own. Research and devise your own plan and as she said blood pressure is so important to make sure its being controlled. Monitoring her blood pressure daily is a good thing.
However I always get furious when patients dont recieve the best care they should. You are your mom's advocate and it seems so many times we must demand answers and good care for ourselves and our loved ones. You most certainly deserve a second opinion and you can ask for that. It is your right, and you need to know inside that your doing everything so you can relax. Prevention of further strokes is what your doctors should be doing, however in saying that like tina7 said there is so much you can do. Controlling our stress, changing diet, controlling our BP are all life saving measures and awesome stradagies in prevention. Go through and read some posts on this site you will gain a lot of information and encouragement. Please continue to post and any questions you may have.
God Bless Mulchie