Runner Suffers TIA 6 days ago
56 YO male. Life long serious runner. Last Tuesday suffered a stroke [TIA]. Prior to this event the only red flag was a slightly elevated cholesterol level. No meds prescribed as doctor was lowering thru exercise / diet. On Tuesday I had two minor strokes on either side of my heart. Right side went numb, vision blurred. Worst was the 1st 1 minutes and progressively improved from there. Within a few hours vision was normal and could walk without aid. Went into the E/R about 10 hours later [I know] and was on the Brain / Stroke floor for two days. They discovered a PFO but everything else [other than the cholesterol and slightly low hemoglobin] came back ok. Honestly, felt the same physically walking into the E/R as I did leaving.
Everyone was very encouraging and at no time was there any urgency in my situation, they just needed two days to complete all the tests [which I passed, except for the PFO]. Was on a blood thinner and when released wrote me a 'script for Lipitor [20 mg] / aspirin. I guess, I was lucky as my event was minor. I still have slight tingling in my toes and memory is shaky. Last three days have slowly resumed activity; walking on TM / running mile, then 2, then 3 miles. Unfortunately, I feel most stable when I'm running but otherwise still a little shaky [emotionally]. Meet with cardiologist tomorrow and my ortho in a few weeks.
Questions; how long did it take for the tingling to disappear and does my progress seem normal [better / worse?]. Also, what's the opinion on Lipitor? I also started taking Omega 3 / fish oil as I'd like to get off the Lipitor. Curious about those with PFO, if you opted for surgery, did you notice any physical changes resulting form it? Thanks in advance!
Last edited by MothAudio; 09-01-2013 at 11:21 AM.