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Question Hi, I'm Sangeetha. I had a minor right-side brain stroke two years ago. Until now I did not have any issues. The doctor prescribed me 1 aspirin tablet each day, and a tension tablet rarely if I wanted. Due to the cold climate from the past 4 days, I'm feeling dizzy, my foot feels very cold, and the back side of my head pains sometimes.
Answer: Interestingly, studies have shown that the incidence of stroke increases with cold weather. Some reports indicate the blood vessels constrict in cold temperatures which can increase blood pressure. Other research indicates that blood becomes thicker in cold temperatures which could put a person more at risk for stroke. Since you already have had a stroke, you are already at higher risk for having another stroke. It is important to monitor your blood pressure to make sure it is within normal range, and I would definitely consult your MD about the new symptoms you are having (or go to ER if these symptoms have come on suddenly and are persisting).
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