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Title: stroke and hiv
Post by: CalvinC on December 06, 2018, 02:49:14 pm
[Not sure if this topic goes here but....]

A couple of weeks ago I (apparently) had a TIA (transient ischemic attack), which mimics a stroke and is sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke. Or it might have been a vaso spasm/contraction. I can't be sure. No pain, no dizziness, no slurring....just a very brief period of hazy consciousness. I got imaging, EKG, blood work etc etc done, and it's all clear. No plaque etc.

I don't think this has anything to do with my hiv status -- but who knows? My GP didn't say anything.  And so I'm wondering if people here have had these.

For the record: I'm 60, super fit, don't smoke, do drugs etc etc. In fact, the TIA occurred as I was in the middle of a very intense free weight workout. (And so I'm thinking that, if anything, what occurred was as a result of just get older. Arteries become less flexible, no matter how fit one is. I'll likely have to exercise less intensely.)

Title: Re: stroke and hiv
Post by: terrymoore on December 07, 2018, 08:27:38 am
heavy lifting can increase blood pressure and create dizziness, or - even worse - a stroke! See article - there are many. You should get cleared by your doc. Maybe time to look for a different physical activity? You should consult with your doc.
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/hb2.htm (http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/hb2.htm)
Title: Re: stroke and hiv
Post by: MitchMiller on December 07, 2018, 11:34:39 pm
I think I might have had one at work one day (about five years ago - I would have been 57 years old - now retired 4.5 years).  I was under a lot of stress and not sleeping.  I was really exhausted all the time.  While carrying a cup of coffee back from the break room, I had an episode of vertigo, along with loud ringing in my ears (I have tinnitus, but suddenly it really amped up), and zig-zag pattern of lightening bolts obstructing my field of vision.  I have had three previous episodes of vertigo, so I was somewhat prepared to handle it.  It made it back to my desk, but couldn't think straight for a few hours.  I blamed it more on stress, sleep deprivation, and caffeine consumption than HIV though.  I read a story about a guy who was only 28, but living in the fast lane as a super over-achiever in his career.  He had a stroke during a public presentation attributed to stress and lack of sleep.

I'm not sure if arterial stiffness might have contributed.  Vigorous exercise (aerobic or circuit weight training) should dilate the arteries.  If you run a fast mile and take your blood pressure about an hour later, you should find it much lower than normal due to the still dilated arteries.  Based on terry's link, you might want to try super-slow reps with lighter weight when weight lifting.
Title: Re: stroke and hiv
Post by: CalvinC on December 18, 2018, 02:15:09 pm
Thanks for the replies including the interesting WSJ article. I did go see my GP again because I had relatively no information on "where to go from here." He really wouldn't commit himself to anything, and I can see why. He said something to the effect of "All your indicators are normal and you're otherwise in perfect health. Continue on." In other words, he can't guarantee anything, and that's no surprise. So I think I'm going to reduce the intensity and speed. .... What I had been doing just prior to the TIA was a ladder of bicep curls, decreasing weight (by 10s, from 75) and increasing reps (by 2s, from 6, for a total of 66). It's no wonder this happened. All the blood flow went to my arms. .... Time for a change!