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TIA or Stroke = Fear

Updated on September 14, 2015

You only have 3 choices in life;

Give up

Give in

Give it everything you've got!

— Unknown

American Stroke Association Poster


Statistics According to the American Stroke Association:

  • A stroke occurs every 40 seconds in America
  • Every four minutes someone dies of stroke
  • Forty percent of stroke deaths occur in males - sixty percent occur in females
  • Fifteen percent of the most common type of strokes occur in adolescents and young adults

My Husband's Stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death, and the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Why would I choose to write about this subject? Well, on August 28 my husband had what was diagnosed as a TIA (transient ischemic attack). On September 6 he was diagnosed with a stroke. How is he now? Fearful that one or both of these things will happen again!

Let's back up. On August 28, my husband woke up at 5:30 a.m. to a weird feeling in his left hand. When he looked at his hand it was in a fist. He couldn't open the fist. He took his right hand and opened the fist but it immediately closed back up. I was in a downstairs bedroom with my four year old grandson at the time. He decided he'd better get up and call me. What he didn't know was his entire left side was in a state of paralysis. He fell out of bed and crawled to the top of the stairs. The dog barking woke me, I went to see what was going on, and found my husband on the floor saying "help". Fortunately my brother lives with us and I called him to help me get my husband off the floor. When my husband looked in my eyes for that split second I wasn't sure who was more scared, him or me. He was trying to talk but his speech was very garbled and I could see the left side of his face and mouth were pulled way down.

By the time the ambulance delivered him to the hospital about an hour and a half later, his feelings were beginning to return and his speech was much clearer. Within about three hours he was fine. Of course he was kept in the hospital for twenty-four hours and a myriad of tests were run. No positive results. He was sent home with Lipitor (for cholesterol), Altace (for blood pressure), and told to take an 81 mg. aspirin every day.

Things went fine until September 6 at about 10:00 a.m. He had just finished eating some cereal and began to cough. When he stood up he lost his balance and knocked into our stools. I came running into the room and could see the left side of his face beginning to slack. I called 9-1-1. By the time the ambulance arrived he was all right again. However, this time when he got to the hospital the episodes began again and lasted on and off for about five hours. Again, all the tests were run; MRI, MRA, EEG, EKG, TEE, CAT Scan, echo-cardiogram, and a multitude of blood tests. Again, no findings. His medications were changed but this time we were told our neurologist was going to recommend a stroke specialist in another town, Albany to be exact.

Please Read

Stroke comes at any time and to any person. My dear friend Hawaiianodysseus has written a first-hand account of his experience with a TIA. EVERYONE should read this to learn about the way stroke hits. His personal account is accurate and touching. Please read, you will not be sorry. Seven Miles of Gratitude

What is a Stroke?

A stroke actually takes place in the brain though it is a form of cardiovascular disease. When an artery is clogged or a blood clot bursts, part of the brain cannot get blood and/or oxygen. A stroke is the result. If the blood flow is restricted to a particular part of the body, that part of the body can't function.

In researching I found that my husband's stroke was in the right side of his brain. It is the right side of the brain that controls the left side of the body. If the stroke occurs in the brain stem it can affect both sides of the body. Fortunately, as in my husband's case, many effects of stroke can improve in time. Some immediately, some over a period of hours, days or months. However, that is not always the case. There are many stroke victims that do not recover.



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What Are the Signs of Stroke?

The American Stroke Association uses the acronym F.A.S.T.

F = Face drooping

A = Arm weakness

S = Speech Difficulty

T = Time to call 9-1-1

The signs listed above are fairly obvious. Take "Face" for instance. If one side of the face is drooping or numb that is a sign. You can ask the person to smile and you will see one side of the smile is lower, the smile is uneven. To check for arm weakness you can ask the person to raise both arms. The weak arm will drift downward. Speech is obvious, if it is slurred or the person is having difficulty speaking you know they're having a stroke. ANY of these symptoms, alone or together indicate a stroke and you should call 9-1-1 immediately to get them to a hospital. Don't try to drive them yourself. They may need oxygen or other treatment before reaching the hospital and you can't provide that.

There are other signs of stroke beyond F.A.S.T. For example, numbness or weakness in the leg, confusion, trouble seeing, dizziness or loss of balance and severe headache with an unknown cause. None of these symptoms should ever be taken lightly.

Immediate treatment not only minimizes the effects of stroke but can save a life!

Are you nervous about this? Technically you should be. As I pointed out in my title, TIA or stroke can equal fear. How you handle that fear is up to you. You can make changes to avoid it before it happens or deal with it after it happens.



Hippocrates first described the sudden paralysis that is often associated with stroke.
Hippocrates first described the sudden paralysis that is often associated with stroke. | Source

Risk Factors For Stroke or Heart Disease

Vascular disease, the narrowing of your blood vessels or arteries, is responsible for heart disease AND stroke. You've heard it all before but I'm going to tell you again.

  1. Cholesterol. Yes, artery clogging cholesterol needs to be controlled and if it is already a problem it needs to be lowered. The higher your cholesterol the greater your risk. There is good cholesterol(HDL) and bad cholesterol(LDL), both need to be in balance.
  2. Overweight/Obesity. Without paying attention you can add about eight pounds every ten year, did you know that? It certainly can add up especially considering some inactivity and increase in caloric intake! Diet or change in diet is the way to curb this problem and help prevent diabetes.
  3. Inactivity. Easy...get some exercise. Get moving!
  4. High Blood Pressure. Recommended blood pressure is now 120/80.
  5. Diabetes. Watch your diet and exercise.
  6. Smoking. Quit! Every doctor, every specialist, every surgeon tells you immediately, quit smoking it is critical to your health. They don't say it to hear themselves talk, they mean it. Your health WILL improve if you quit, no matter how long you've smoked. If you've smoked for a long time your body will still see benefits within 20 minutes though it may take years to lower your heart attack risk.
  7. Family History. If someone in your family has heart disease please, get screening for yourself. Be sure to tell your doctor about this risk factor in your life.
  8. If you already have heart disease, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm or carotid artery disease you are at the greatest risk and should see your doctor regularly.

Understanding Stroke


Eating lots of vegetables can decrease your risk of stroke
Eating lots of vegetables can decrease your risk of stroke | Source

Preventing Stroke

Yes, you can "Give it everything you've got" and prevent a stroke. It is especially important if you've had a TIA. The National Stroke Association says there are 250,000 - 350,000 TIAs each year in the US. Knowing that what can you do to prevent having a stroke?

Previously looking at risk factors really showed you the main things to do; lower your cholesterol, keep your weight down, exercise, manage your blood pressure, control your diabetes, QUIT SMOKING, know your family history and your own history as it may pertain to heart problems or heart disease.

You've probably heard about taking an aspirin every day. If your stomach and health can tolerate it (ask your doctor) an 81 mg aspirin should be taken every day. It has been found to work as a preventive measure.

Get regular physical check ups. Prevention can often begin with a doctor visit. As with anything else, avoiding stress is a good idea. I have no idea how to do that but you can try. Maybe some quiet time alone to help your body rest will make up for the stress you can't avoid.

Obviously these are just suggestions. You can learn more from the American Stroke Association or the National Stroke Association.

I hope this has been helpful and maybe given you some ideas. I would certainly love to hear your opinions so please leave a comment.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Martie, and in turn I hope your husband is doing well! Guess we've both traveled a journey we'd rather not!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Mary, this kind of experiences are so terribly scary. Just went through something similar myself. We may all say that we are not afraid of dying, but we are, and even more of being paralysed and depending on others. And so irritating: In spite of all modern technology, diagnoses of the true cause of symptoms is still slow and expensive. I wish your husband a speedy recovery and only the best of health thereafter.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Oh TT2 that is encouraging, though I am sorry to hear you had to go through it. Everyone on HP has been so supportive and the prayers being offered for him and I are incredible!

      Thank you so much for reading and adding your generous support and blessing.

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      5 years ago from USA

      I've had three TIA's...all within a two week period. This was 9 years ago. I was lucky and there have been no further problems. Stroke is a horrible thing, but many people do recover, so keep the faith. My dad had two major ones and recovered from both. It is difficult not to live in fear, but you know my prayers along with those of many others are with you now. You have done a great service by supplying this important information. God bless you and your husband.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      It certainly is scary. I'm sorry to hear that your father had to go through it at all. The whole thing is an experience you never want to have and like anything else the more you know before, the better. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for writing this hub, Mary. It contains very important information. I hope your husband is doing better now. My father had two TIA's, but they weren't as severe as your husband's attacks. They were bad enough to be scary, though. The situation must have been very frightening for you and your husband. I'll share this article, because the excellent information that it contains should be spread around.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you moonlake. You certainly understand how I feel! I do hope things work out with your carotids. It is always scary not knowing. Sometimes worrying can be worse than the disease itself. Prayers and hugs coming your way. Thanks for the votes and share!

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      5 years ago from America

      I have carotid artery disease, my carotid arteries have become narrowed. That can cause stroke. They aren't ready to do surgery yet. I try not to worry about having a stroke.

      I am so sorry about your husband how awful it must have been for both of you. I can take just about anything but my family members being sick.

      Vote up and more, shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Yes Joe, your sharing is a comfort. What isn't a comfort is knowing you had to go through the same thing. I know how awful it can be and that terribly helpless feeling. Please God it was an isolated incident.

      I am so glad yours was also a TIA and the horror of it has passed, leaving behind the memory. As you know, your walking and diet are the best things you can do to try to prevent further episodes (that's what we're calling them now).

      Slowing down with your writing is certainly understandable and your friends (of which I think I am one) certainly understand! You are a gift to us and one that we do not want to lose for any reason. We have shared your heart and soul and you know I want the best for you now and always.

      I am so glad you had your vacation. No better way to relax and start again. My prayers and blessings are with you special friend. May health and happiness follow you all of your days!!!


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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      My dear friend, Mary,

      While vacationing in Orlando with my family last week, I came across this hub of yours and began reading it. As you well know, a vacation itinerary can be a roller coaster of its own, and I was thus unable to read this in its entirety until now.

      I'm so thankful that you wrote this. Coincidentally or ironically, just 12 days prior to your husband's first event (as I may have mentioned to you), I had a TIA. The two things I remember distinctly were the dead sensation in my left arm and the slurred speech. My wife tells me that I mentioned a strange sensation on the left part of my face, but I don't even remember that. What I do remember feeling was a heavy dread about the possibility of leaving my family in such a manner; of losing control over my body in such an abrupt fashion; and, as a writer, of something invasive occurring in a brain that I heavily relied upon. : )

      The preliminary tests came up negative, but there was consensus that TIA was the culprit.

      I mention all of this as a feeble attempt to assure you that I totally empathize with what you and your husband experienced and continue to face on a day to day basis. My congratulations to both of you for being survivors. Spouses as well as other family members are affected on both spoken and unspoken levels. Thank you for exemplifying for us specific ways that we can "...rage, rage against..." this formidable health adversary.

      I have continued to walk and to work my eBay business. But what I've slowed down considerably in is my writing, although I've made some attempt at communicating with other writers. I feel badly about not doing a better job of it. Reading this amazing article encourages and motivates me to extend the fight to the arena in which I've penned a good deal of my heart and soul. Thank you, Mary, for your gift.

      Aloha and blessings to your husband and you and all your loved ones. I hope my personal sharing will in some way be a comfort to you all.


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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Oh Crafty how horrible! Someone told me in 20% of strokes they never find an origin! I'm glad you haven't had any more episodes and even more glad they didn't put you on all the medicines my husband is taking. Thanks so much for leaving such a personal and great comment.

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      5 years ago

      I had a similar frightening experience, but they never found anything. They told me it wasn't a stroke. I woke up and couldn't move my arm with a massive headache. A quick run to the emergency room showed I had some bone fusion in my neck among other arthritis. I was told to see a specialist. This was on a Sunday.

      Monday morning I called my doc. She said she couldn't see me for 2 weeks. My headache got worse and worse. By Monday afternoon, my face went numb.

      Tuesday morning, I tried to walk and realized I couldn't. I was squatting but thought I was upright. I tried to take a drink and the water poured outside of my mouth.

      I was rushed to the hospital. They started me on morphene because of the headache. I layed there 8 days paralyzed. After physical therapy rehab.....I saw a neurologist who said that the hospital didn't think it was a stroke, but it was a possibly side effect from the flu shot I had received 2 days before my headache. It's a disease called gion bere or something like that. Anyway, no proof of that either. Just all speculation.

      My cholestoral and blood pressure were way high so I started exercising. I haven't had any more problems and hope I never do again.

      Best wishes to your family. It certainly is a frightening ordeal.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Christy I do hope this helps someone. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mary, I am so glad you and your brother were there to help your husband! Thank-you for sharing this useful information - you are truly helping someone with your words (likely multiple people!). Voting up and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Grandmapearl. No word from the specialist yet but we are waiting patiently. Thanks too for the votes and pin.

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Mary, I am so sorry that you and your husband are going through this ordeal, and do not know the cause of his strokes as yet. I pray the doctors will have good news and an excellent plan for him soon.

      Many thanks for sharing this essential information. It's always good to remind us that diet and exercise do make a huge difference in our health.

      Voted Up+++ and pinned

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Au fait. This is one of those articles you truly write for other people! I appreciate your noticing my hubber score and saying I deserve it. I do try to produce quality hubs. Thank you so much for the votes, share and pinning. Truly my goal here was to help someone else and the more this gets read the better the chance!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      A fantastic article! A great service in alerting people to what they should be looking for as well as a description of what may be happening if they experience any of these symptoms. Also glad to see your recommendation that people talk with their doctor about prevention, especially if they have a parent or grandparent who suffers(ed) from some form of heart disease.

      Your articles are always well written, interesting, and informative. I'm glad to see HP recognizes that with your hubber score. :)

      Pinned to my 'Health' board, Voted up and AUI, and shared with my followers!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      You are welcome drbj. Right now he is doing fine but on tons of medication. Waiting for our appointment with the specialist.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Mary, for sharing this very important message about recognizing TIA or a stroke. I hope your husband fully and quickly recovers.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I agree aviannovice. Now that I have been personally involed I can see the importance more clearly.

      Thanks Michelle, both for the your comment about my hub and for your prayers and blessing for my hubby.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent, Mary! Glad you've shared this with us, and prayers and blessings for your hubby!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was an important matter to bring up. My poor Uncle Ted died of heart disease when he was only 49. It is never too late to start looking into these things.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      KT I am so very sorry. I will be reading your hub this week. Know that my heart and prayers go out to you, especially on her birthday. I think you are right, they do seem to take things more seriously with men, however, it seemed they took things more seriously with my husband the second time than they did the first. There's no accounting for how the medical system works.

      Yes Sheila, I know about aneurysms, too, my husband had an aortic anuerysm that was caught before it ruptured. Seems they are saying he has "vascular disease" so now the stroke becomes more important to watch. Sending prayers for your Mom's recovery.

      Thank you tirelesstraveler. I have learned so much, much of which surprised me. If nothing else, all the meds they have him on should prevent a further incident for now.

      Thank you for the lovely thoughts and prayers WND. One day at a time.

      My dearest never ends. My son-in-law fell last night and will need surgery to repair a separated clavicle with torn muscles. Life goes on ;) Thank you for the strength you send through your thoughts and prayers. I'll rest one of these days.

      I so hope so Sue. It was my goal to help others with this hub. Thanks for the good wishes for my hubbie and of course the votes and share.

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      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      This hub will be so useful to others Mary and I thank you for sharing it with us. I do hope your husband continues to improve and is back to full health soon. Shared and voted up and useful.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      Your pen has the precision and accuracy of a "nurse" and the passion and love of a wife...truly a most meaningful and valuable article on TIA / Stroke Issues because of your perspective.

      You and Larry are in my close easy with yourself and get some rest, girlfriend. Love, Maria

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      5 years ago from Alabama

      You are a strong person to be dealing with this and informing us in this very important hub.

      Prayers that neither of you need to fear and that health will gather stronger each day.

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      5 years ago

      Bless you dear. Experiences like this are harrowing, praying you don't have anymore. FAST is a wonderful way of remembering what to do when you think someone is having a stroke.

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      5 years ago

      I'm so glad to hear your husband is doing better. I pray that it doesn't happen again. I know exactly how scary the situation can be. My mom had an aneurysm rupture in her brain. The cause and treatment is different than with a stroke, but after the initial treatment, rehabilitation is the same. With my mom, it's been a long road and she's still not fully recovered and may never be. As you said, quick treatment is needed for either and will often make the outcome very different than if treatment is delayed too long. Great hub!

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      KT Banks 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I know how scary this is, and I'll keep you and your husband in my prayers. I'm so sorry you are both (and yes, I mean Both) are having to deal with this.

      My Beloved sister was 63 last month when she died suddenly. There is some confusion as to the exact cause of her death, but I think it was a stroke. I am still reeling and trying to come to grips with the fact of having to live the rest of my life without her. It's a long complicated story. I wrote about it here on Hubpages last month, trying to put my thoughts into writing to help deal with it. I wrapped myself in anger the first few weeks, I think as a defense mechanism. I'm still angry, but sadness is ever present as well. She would be 64 this Sunday.

      I'm happy your husband is getting help and being monitored. Best wishes, and God Bless!

      PS - even with the statistics - they seem to take the symptoms more seriously with men.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Faith, you and your granddaughter have been in my thoughts as well. How quickly illness can bond people. PLEASE heed the advice here. Having all the history your family has, along with your high blood pressure, I certainly hope you are taking some precautions. You are a true angel and I want you to know hugs and blessings are coming right back to you!

      Thank you dearest Genna. People like you help light up our lives and make this journey a bit easier to bear. If I can help just one person my hub will certainly be worth it! Thank you for your thoughts as well as the vote and share.

      Oh Suhail I am so glad you read my hub and will now have an exact route! We have woods around us and hunters and there have been a few who have had heart attacks in the woods, but their wives knew where they were going so were able to send help. We certainly don't want anything to happen to you but letting your wife know where you are going is a really good idea. I am so glad you read my hub!!! Kindest regards to you.

      Thanks Frank. There are so many illnesses and such we face as we get older but simple lifestyle changes can help us out. Glad you found this important and useful.

      We are still looking for the cause Rajan but you would understand that if your parents both had strokes. I appreciate your votes and share.

      Thanks Rebecca. Glad you appreciate the information and I appreciate the good thoughts for hubby.

      DDE I found myself wanting to know more about what was going on with my husband and after reading so much thought why not write a hub?

      Thank you condominium, I hope this was helpful to you.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tillsontitan I am so glad to have stopped by your hub today I now know more about a stroke and will definitely consider your important information. I hope all is well with your husband soon. You have researched every detail one needs to know about a stroke, a useful and interesting topic.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for sharing this important information on recognizing the symptoms on a stroke, and also on preventing one. I hope you husband fully recovers.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Mary, I do your husband gets to normal soon though I'm aware precautions will have to be kept in place lifelong. My dad and mom both suffered stroke so I have some idea about the causes and symptoms.

      I'd like to share this useful information so that more of us can become aware of what a stoke is and what to do in an emergency.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      I have to admit I never worried about having a stroke but yeah I guess it is importasnt to know what a stroke is and how to recognize the systems as usual Til you make it easy to follow and clearly understood voted important and useful :)

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      5 years ago from Mississauga, ON


      I am sorry to hear of your husband's and your ordeal. May God protect all of you and keep all of you in the best health, form and shape.

      I thank you from bottom of my heart for using these great testing times to educate people like me who are taking everything for granted. This is very useful for me, especially because every single day I am out with my dog hiking in the forests and meadows on lonely trails.

      This is what I am going to do after reading this article: I will tell my wife the exact route I am taking for hiking before leaving. Instead of an unplanned hike, I will have a planned route to tell my wife so that if something happens and I am able to call using my mobile, she or 9-1-1 is able to locate me.

      Thank you so very much again for thinking beyond your own self and using the occasion to educate others.

      Best regards,

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh Mary, I didn’t know about your husband’s recent episodes and diagnoses. I’m so sorry that he has to go through this – that you both do. Your hub is absolutely superb in addressing all of the signs we should be aware of, as well as the steps we should take to insure a healthier lifestyle. Hugs and best wishes to you both, dear friend. :-)

      Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dearest Mary,

      God bless you sweet lady! You and your husband have been in my thoughts and prayers, please know. How terrifying indeed. My heart goes out to you.

      Thank you for writing this very informative hub here to bring awareness. Heart disease runs in my family, and I have high blood pressure. My dad died from a stroke... so

      Take care sweet lady and I am sending out much love and hugs your way this night,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      So sorry to hear about your Dad. It is always so difficult and painful to lose a parent. He will live in your memories. We've had a rough summer. Larry's Mom died on Aug. 12 and we are all still taking care of his Dad. Seems it never ends. The more we know about what can happen to us the better prepared we can be. Thanks for the prayer.

      I was hoping to share some of the information I found Peg, I've been doing lots of reading about it. We are still trying to find a cause so take each day as it comes. Thanks so much for the wishes.

      Thank you Rebecca. I hope someone will find this useful!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is such a comprehensive guide to avoid strokes. Thanks so much, and I know your readers will want to consider these tips

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This is a treasure trove of useful and important information. I learned a lot here. So sorry to hear about the difficulties you and your hubby have been going through. I do hope all is well now and things are back on the road to recovery. All my best wishes to you Mary.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary, my apologies also. I've been away and wrapped up in my own misery for the last month or so. My father passed away on August 31st and I just haven't had the energy to write since then. I am so sorry that your husband is going through this. Good for you for doing all the research and a big thank you for sharing it with us. We all need to be aware of the risks, symptoms, etc. I'll say a prayer for your husband.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Bill please don't feel badly I really didn't let anyone know. So much happened so fast I didn't have time plus he really didn't want it on FB. He doesn't know I wrote this hub but I did it to inform others because I've learned so much.

      Fear and our own mortality certainly plays a big part in all of this. So sorry for your father and friend, I now know what they went through. Thank you for the blessings. As we continue this journey every little bit helps.

      And Bill number two, thank you as well. Our family doctor is thinking arterial spasms are causing the strokes but he still wants us to go to the stroke specialist. Thank you so much for the good thoughts and prayers, we need them.

      Thank you Jan. I really wanted to get the word out. The more you know ahead of time the better prepared you are to change your life and/or deal with it if it happens. Thanks for the votes.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent hub, tillsontitan. This is so important and very scary at the same time. You never know when stroke can hit but having this information can prepare you and make you proactive about awareness of warning signs. I'm glad hubby is okay. Voted up and useful.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      That must have been so frightening for both you and your husband, Mary. Let's hope that he continues to do well without any more problems, and that the stroke specialist provides a more exact diagnoses. Sending all good thoughts and prayers your way.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I had no idea. I haven't been on Facebook all that much if you mentioned it there. I feel horrible that I am just hearing about this. I am so sorry you had to go through this, and I sure hope your husband is doing better.

      You mentioned the fear factor. My dad had a small heart attack two months before the major heart attack killed him, and he lived those last two months in constant fear. I have a friend who had a mild stroke and you can still see the fear in his eyes a year later.

      When faced with our own humanity and frailty it would be unbelievable if we did not show fear. I hope your husband can work through this and learn to live without fear.

      Blessings and a hug coming your way.



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