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Hello all.  I'm 40 years old and had a stroke in February.  Symptoms only lasted a few hours and have no lasting effects luckily.  While in the hospital the MRI revealed the signs of an older stroke that I didn't even know I had.  After wearing a Holter heart monitor for a month that didn't reveal any abnormalities that would've caused the stroke, they pinned the blame on my PFO.  (Another thing they discovered during my hospital stay). Just had that closed last week and feel good.  Hopefully this reduces my risk of future strokes.  

Was told by doctors and nurses that I was really lucky and has been a wake-up call that definitely led to some lifestyle changes.

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Omar I am so glad you are doing well with no lasting effects. Good for you for being proactive in making changes in your lifestyle to reduce your risk of another stroke in the future. Welcome to the board and feel free to look around, read about some informative facts, meet new people, join in a chat session, start a blog, and so much more. :hello:

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I also had my PFO closed after my stroke. It has been good after the closure. I no longer have low blood oxygen levels after exercise and I am no longer short of  breath,  It to a 35mm device to close the hole. You are lucky to have it repaired while you are young. They initially turned me down because I was too old, but I was insistent and they finally  relented. I did not feel like hanging it up at 73. I felt that after the stroke at 71 and a good rehab I was feeling good for more years. I am back working as an upholsterer about half time.

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hi Omar:

 

welcome to best online stroke support group, you were very lucky in not having any lasting effects, make lifestyle change & enjoy this second shot given to you. I stroked at age 34 after delivering premature baby & suffering stroke day later which left me paralyzed on my left side & retired me from the job I enjoyed. I never thought I would find joy in living again, but thankfully thanks to great family, friends & this site I found my joy back, & today after 14 years on this post stroke journey, I view stroke as speed-bump in my life's journey allowed me to slow down & enjoy scenery along the way. I found blogging & chatting with other survivors very therapeutic for my soul. hope to see you around often. BTW after my stroke they found PFO in my heart too which we closed on june8, 2004. life has been great journey since then

 

Asha

 

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Welcome to our network of amazing folks. I think , thankfully, your age probably helped you with your fantastic recovery. I was 34 when I had mine but it was caused by a dissection from neck manipulation.  I can say "WHEW" they found your PFO and fixed it for that MAY HAVE been the cause of the older one and more recent event. Taking good care of yourself is key to a healthy life and proactive in keeping stroke free.  So happy you are doing fabulous 

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Omar, Congrats on "dodging the bullet" twice! Having your PFO closed,and making some lifestyle changes should prohibit any future strokes. Starting a blog may be a good way of tracking your progress on making changes in your lifestyle. Becky

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.  Just had my 1 week checkup after the PFO closure and everything is looking as it should.  Although since the stroke I have noticed not necessarily a balance issue, but  sometimes when walking I'll kind of drift off course to the right.  Cardiologist lowered BP medication because when I was in for the operation my pulse would drop to 30-40 for short time periods.  Also recommended Vitamin D supplements since that came back low as well.  Hopefully with all these improvements I'll have more energy than I know what to do with.

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Hi Omar, lack of energy/fatigue after a stroke is common, it's part of having a brain injury, and the specialists usually forget to tell you it will probably happen. but low Vit-D isn't going to help so good to get that fixed anyway.

Drifting off to the right is probably a mild visual neglect from the stroke. If you are less aware of obstacles on that side you tend to drift that way.  It will take conscious effort and practice to correct it.  I still do this a little if I'm not careful.

-Heather

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On 6/26/2018 at 10:29 PM, OmarLittle said:

Hello all.  I'm 40 years old and had a stroke in February.  Symptoms only lasted a few hours and have no lasting effects luckily.  While in the hospital the MRI revealed the signs of an older stroke that I didn't even know I had.  After wearing a Holter heart monitor for a month that didn't reveal any abnormalities that would've caused the stroke, they pinned the blame on my PFO.  (Another thing they discovered during my hospital stay). Just had that closed last week and feel good.  Hopefully this reduces my risk of future strokes.  

Was told by doctors and nurses that I was really lucky and has been a wake-up call that definitely led to some lifestyle changes.

 

:hi:

Welcome!

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