I had a "mini-stroke" six years ago, a tia, with no recurrence. It was a so-called "cryptogenic" event -- I was 58 at the time, but had and have low blood pressure
, excellent cholesterol levels (according to my MD), and exercise reasonably if not aggressively (I average a good, vigorous two mile walk per day -- and am capable of a lot more without exhausting myself. On my summer vacations I regularly take vigorous walks of up to 5 miles.)
Again, the stroke event of six years ago was minor -- my arm went dead for around ten minutes.
It was determined immediately after the event that I had a PFO -- somewhat on the larger side. It was closed through a procedure. My physicians, including some pretty good doctors, decided they could take me off coumadin (which they had put me on for a while as a precautionary measure.) Now I just take a 325 mg. of Ecotrim per day.
After I experienced some chest pains a couple of years ago, I had the procedure (I forget the name) where they explored my blood vessels and found I was actually in pretty good shape in that department for a (then) 62-63 year old; maybe 8-10% blockage of the relevant vessels. The doctor performing that procedure said not to worry about anything HE had found.
I like my doctors, but am sitting here this weekend fretting anew, because I am responsible for the care of a 12-yr.-old and am deathly worried about something happening to me before I get him launched, at least into college. Is there any general prognosis you can advise me of, six years out from my one episode? I understand the question may seem frivolous, but I suddenly felt the need to talk to someone.