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An_245335 posted:
Im wondering what these symptoms may have been My husband was eating when he experienced sharp pain on his left side above his breast plate, he lost coordination and could not cut anything on the plate and also had difficulty chewing the food in his mouth. As I watched, he turned purple for a few seconds. He does suffer from an irregular heartbeat and has been having palpitations of late. Was this a stroke? he wouldn't call the Dr and im worried
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
This does sound more like a cardiac ( heart) event than a brain event. The chest pain and turning purple suggest that his heart was beating in an abnormal rhythm. The heart may not have been beating strong enough to get blood to his brain and resulted in the other symptoms. Either way, it needs attention and soon.

You should contact his doctor and get him seen as as soon as possible. The doctor can place a device on him that will record all of his heartbeats. New devices are small and can be worn for two weeks at a time . These "event recorders" will record abnormal heart beats even if he is not having symtoms.

This is not something to ignore. Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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