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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Concerned that I`ve had a TIA - I`m 37!
I`m healty - exercise 3-4x/week. 5`9" 145lbs. I am 37, female. I was out with a friend yesterday for a hike - 1hour not particularly strenuous. On the way home I had a problem with my vision, almost the sensation of looking at something bright and experiencing temporary "blind spots". that lasted about 1 hour. then upon meeting for dinner (and before eating) suddenly I couldn`t get my words out, all the wrong words kept coming out, completely unrelated to the conversation, some words were slurred- or I had to really grasp for a simple word - I just couldn`t grasp what I was saying at all... (I had NOTHING to drink) We laughed about it at the time - it was seemingly unimportant - and was over in about 10 minutes...does it seem possible someone my age, in my health would have a TIA?
It is important that you see your doctor and have an evaluation for possible causes of these symptoms. This could be something like a migraine headache (did you have a headache at any point?), but it is possible that it was a TIA. While it is somewhat unlikely to have a TIA at age 37 if you are in good health, remember that 25% of all strokes occur before the age of 50, so it is not impossible. You have much to lose if you would go on to have a stroke, so please take this seriously and see your doctor. In the short term, you could consider taking an enteric coated aspirin daily.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati