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Still dizzy and have headaches when exercising after a stroke Nov2017

by Anna D
(Waltham MA )

Question I had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)stroke last nov 2017. I experience temporary paralysis on the left side to my arm, hand, mouth and face. I have recovered from these. During the work up phase it was thought that a hole in the heart may have been one of the causes of the stroke. After several weeks of working with a hand therapist and speech therapist. I started to walk again. I have been experiencing dizziness followed by headaches. The headaches come on when I weight lift.


Has anyone experienced this? If so what was your resolution?

Answer: This is a serious symptom, and I would recommend that you see a neurologist especially since you have already experienced a TIA. Heavy lifting and straining can lead to increased blood pressure , and if you have ischemic disease, this can put you at risk for stroke. Straining could also lead to increased pressure in the brain putting you at possible risk for hemorrhaging.

It could be simply that you need to drink more water since dehydration during exercise can lead to headaches, or it may be that muscle tension is causing headaches, but I would absolutely see a neurologist to rule out more serious causes. My own father started having headaches during bowel movements. He ended up dying several months later from a brain hemorrhage, so I tend to take headaches during straining activities quite seriously especially since you already have past cardiovascular issues.

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