That evening, a few hours after we returned home, he said to me his arm felt numb. I asked if he had been leaning on it and maybe it went to sleep. He didn't think so. When he went to stand up and walk he was very dizzy and then I noticed he was not speaking too clearly. He wanted to go lay down. Just as quickly as he was feeling bad he started to feel better but I called 911 anyway.
Today at the hospital I was told he had a mini stroke called a transient ischemic attack or TIA. This is a warning type of stroke that is telling you something is wrong somewhere. A clot or blockage has formed and needs to be fixed. For Jim it was his carotid artery on the left side of his neck. He will be seeing a vascular surgeon about correcting the problem upon his release from the hospital.
Jim had three of the five symtoms of a stroke and though this was a mini stroke with no lasting damage it could have been a full blown stroke where brain damage occurred. the warning signs are the same for both.
It is so important to remember that no matter how short the symptoms last or how few of the symptoms someone has it is important to call 911. If I had not we would have never known that his carotid artery was blocked and the next attack could have been a full blown stroke with lasting damage.
To learn all about heart disease visit the American Heart Association.
About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions.
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