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  •  My mom has always recovered from her strokes (13+ / 0-)

    I was scared after the first one.

    The doctor said, "Either she will get better or she will get worse."

    It is amazing how little we know.

    •  They found the clot (12+ / 0-)

      in her neck and she's on blood thinners.
      There was some talk about a stint.
      She's just had a rough few months.
      The first time she was admitted, they thought she had a heart attack then they found out that there was a mix-up in medications - doctor error.
      They got that under control and totally removed her from one medicine for some reason.
      Then she was admitted for flu-like symptoms twice and I'm not really sure what was up with that.
      She moved in with the youngest daughter and that was supposed to be temporary until the stroke.
      I'm not sure that she will be able to go home.
      A brother does live with her, but he works days, and not sure she will be able to be left alone.
      There's also a pootie involved and that causes stress because she misses him.
      And I'm sure that the pootie misses her.

      All we need is LOVE!

      by arizonablue on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:02:07 PM PST

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      •  I'm not a big fan of stints so that may be a good (6+ / 0-)


        The family support seems to make a difference in whether the elderly patient recovers from such a thing.

      •  Some of the newer stents have a medication (3+ / 0-)
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        Ender, Creosote, triciawyse

        embedded in the structure that releases slowly over time.

         It sounds like she's been showering clots and they do need to get that under control to keep any more from running around and causing more trouble. If the site was lower in the body they could put in an 'umbrella' that sits in a big vein and catches to clots before they can get into the smaller vessels and cause blockages, (strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolus, etc, depending on where they get lodged).

        I'll be saying good words for all of you and I hope they find the root of the problem and get it covered soon.

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{arizonablue family}}}}}}}}}}}}}

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
        ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

        by FarWestGirl on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:28:09 PM PST

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        •  Yes, those are the only stints that actually work (1+ / 0-)
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          So, I say, give them the damn medicine and forget the stint!

          •  Actually the original stents had about a 30% rate (0+ / 0-)

            of re-occlusion, so they were definitely a better choice than bypass as a first line of treatment. Stent placement is minimally invasive, the aorta and heart are accessed via either the femoral artery in the groin or the brachial near the elbow. The recovery time is hours rather than weeks with an open heart bypass to reestablish circulation to the heart.

             The meds can be very effective over time, but with a full occlusion of one or more of the cardiac arteries, you don't have time, every minute without oxygen, more heart muscle dies and the likelihood of survival decreases, so there is a place for both approaches.

            (former critical care RN ;-) )

            Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
            ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

            by FarWestGirl on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:45:17 PM PST

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