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Agus's VAD and stroke update

by Agus
(Madrid, spain)

Update after 18 months vertebral artery dissection and cerebellar stroke

(44 years old, Male)

After 18 months of my vertebral artery dissection and cerebellar stroke I'm feeling very well, just some dizziness if I sleep less than 8 hours for 5 days in a row or if I over exercise. My artery didn't heal because I was diagnosed 2 months after the first symptom, and I didn't take aspirin during this time except for the first 5 days when I felt a strange and new pain in the lower back side of my head. Now, I try to sleep 7-8 hours from Monday to Thursday but it is not
easy when I get up early to work, then I sleep on the Friday evening about 4 hours (a long nap) and 9-10 hours at night. My fitness training is now Pilates 2 days/week and some spinning (around 25 min/week) under 80% of my max. heart rate.

The good news is that I'm able to do a short hike in the mountains even at very steep paths. I've been traveling by plane, visiting cities and noisy places. I still feel a little confused when walking in mall corridors or brightly lit rooms where the vertigo triggers are always present (a lot of light and noise).

My conclusion is that it is very important to rest as much as possible and to move the head slowly to avoid sickness and nausea,
but the tangible improvement is real even 18 months later. I hope it will be a huge encouragement for everyone.

Regards

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