I have been reading all the interesting posts and want to add my experience. 26th July I had a mitral valve repair and Atrial valve appendage. On 1st August still in hospital my hubby was talking to me and he said I suddenly started talking nonsense and asking where was I etc. I do not remember any of it. He rushed to get a nurse and was told she was not my nurse, he said I don't care someone needs to come. Apparently three nurses came and started doing ECG s etc asking me questions testing strength etc. then my surgeon came. Apparently 3 times that day which I don't recall. I had a ct and later a few days an MRI. I had right sided weakness and slurred and had trouble for a week with speech. Rehab doctor said scans clear! I started getting arm weakness left side. Had balance difficulties wahich physio worked on. Was discharge 8th August saw cardiologist 18th echo week later which showed atrial fibrillation. Saw surgeon 1st Sept and he sent me to a neurologist regarding arm weakness which comes on with no strength and also sometimes can't stand. Neurologist showed us on MRI stroke, microdot heamorrhages and amyloid angiopathy. He suspected symptoms epilepsy. So EEG was clear but he said doesn't rule out epilepsy. Keep recording symptoms and see in in November. Off warfarin on other coags and he stressed take them so as not to have another stroke.( have since been told TIAs do not show on scan but strokes do) was told in hospital I had a TIA!!! I am still get AF and waiting for last results of ECG from cardiologist. All these symptoms are very disconcerting and have been told I am getting constant TIAs is this correct??
Sometimes numbness of hand and fingers, weak arm can't lift it, no strength, only once was standing and fell against bench and left leg went. Slurred speech. Don't know if I should go to A&E when they happen as they last 10 to 20 minutes. Last thing you want to do is waste their time.