Did I have a TIA?

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I am a 56 year old female and I have had high BP since my 20's (runs in the family) and I now have stage 2 hypertension. I take my med's religiously and my doctor has never been able to bring my BP into the normal range, (without med's my BP has been 139 over 239.) I am out of town and on Saturday I was standing talking to my friend and suddenly I felt light headed and in a dream state and thought I was going to faint so I sat down and told my friend, "I am NOT okay" I was very confused and scared. I could'nt find simple words and I did not want to talk at all. I was in a convention so aid came over, took my BP it was 184/132, they called an aid car, took my BP 10 minutes later and it was 199/148. I could not walk normal had aid getting to the stretcher. I heard the paramedic say TIA to her partner and I was not sure what that was. Got to a horrible old hospital, they did an EKG, normal, and blood test were normal and they did the stoke evaluation and the Dr. Was with me for about 5 minutes. They gave me a shot in my IV which brought my BP to near normal. He discharged me with a diagnosis of dizzy and high BP. I felt a bit disoriented for the next few days, and I know it was more than just being dizzy. Could it have been a TIA?

Linda

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    A TIA and very high blood pressure can show themselves in very similar, and as you know the latter can and in some cases does lead to the former.

    The only thing that makes me feel your blood pressure was the culprit was that you have not mentioned any loss of sensation on either side of your body or your facial muscles.

    So in short it was probably the blood pressure, but if it was a TIA it was only a very minor one.

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      The hypertension definitely does need to be investigated - soon.

      Usually very high BP can be the cause of a stroke and not the symptom of it, but nothing is impossible.

      If I were you I would focus my attention on decreasing your BP.

      Just out of curiosity, do you suffer from any autoimmune conditions such as diabetes?

       

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      I did not have that as a child. 

      I go to my Dr. once a month for a BP check and my BP is alway reasonable with med's, 136/90, but why it shoots up on occassion is a mystery, my Dr. has no clue either, (not very comforting.)

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      Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) usually arrives in adulthood, whereas Type 1 is from birth.

      It is a long shot, but I would just ask your doctor next time you visit if he/dhe has checked your blood glucose levels recently.

      Otherwise it is a complete mystery why your BP goes through the roof on the odd occasion.

      What I have said in no way detracts from the necessity to have the matter of your occasional very high blood pressure fully investigated, because it is very important.

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      Hi Linda,

      136/90 is a reasonable number for a 56 year old, although your  diastolic is a tad higher. Your blood pressure can shoot up for any number of simople reasons including decreased sleep, changed sleep patterns, being in a new place, stress,movement even sudden movement, the list goes on. I wouldn't mind betting your blood pressure is high when you go and see your doctor ? Everyone's blood pressure seems to rise whilst waiting for their doctor smile

      As archemedes stated with  TIA you get symptoms of a stroke and they last for around 10-30 minutes and then you are fine again, some do get some kind of permanent problem later, Mine was memory and for some reason my toes have curled up since my last suspecte TIA

       

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    Hi Again Linda,

    I see you stated that your blood pressure has been 139/239 and when you was out at a convention your blood pressure was 184/132, I would has it at a guess that sudden drop in your diastolic may of had something to do with your bewilderment whilst your body was trying to adjust to that sudden change....

    As archemedes  has stated, best go back and see your doctor and get that blood pressure sorted out,

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    Hi Linda,

    On the Diabetes issue, you could ask you Pharmacist to do a quick test ( Prick of the finger) immediate results. Then you would have something to support any discussion with the GP. 

    I've had several TIA's following my stroke (3 years). Also my BP has peaked (unexpectedly) on several occasions, then just as suddenly dropped. It is my experience that a Paramedic would check you blood glucose as a matter of course and any irregularities would be reported and investigated. 

    Don't let the GP fob you off, this needs investigating.

    Good luck and keep us informed

    Pauline

     

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