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My Mother 67, diabetic Last week she fainted. Did not lose

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My Mother 67, diabetic
Last week she fainted. Did not lose consciousness and apparently as he described had a "stroke" and was released from the hospital the next day. Apparently there is a smal blood clot on the back left side of her brain. She recently has had high blood pressure (doesn't have a history of high blood pressure).
Is this a stroke? Do blood clots go away? How Long? What should she do? I am overseas and I want to get a second opinion from a doctor here

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What did her CT scan or MRI show?

Was a colored doppler study of neck arteries (carotid arteries) done?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
I'm working with very little information. What I was told was blood clot in brain left back side

The symptoms you have described may be transient ischemic attack (TIA). This is also termed as transient neurological attack (TNA). This is also called as mini stroke. In stroke there is some neurological deficit for some time while in TIA, it is a transient neurological change which revert very soon.

The tiny blood clots may go very soon. Even big blood clots would disappear but will take a longer time. So it is the size of the blood clot which will determine the time to disappear.

She needs to meticulously control her blood pressure and diabetes. These will prevent the further attacks. Also she may need aspirin or Clopidogrel (which I am sure her physician had prescribed), which will prevent further episodes.

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Customer: replied 19 days ago.
What are some key triggers that would make it worse? What are things she should absolutely avoid?

Following should be avoided or controlled;

1) Stress

2) Anxiety

3) High cholesterol

4) High blood pressure

5) High blood sugar.

6) Physical over exertion.

7) Avoid smoking and alcohol if she does.

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