Originally Posted by vaticanplum
I'm asking this question seriously/medically, not callously. What in the world is a "mini-stroke"? A stroke is a clot or hemmorrage (I can't spell that and I'm too lazy to look it up) that prevents blood flow to the brain, right? So, without getting into too much detail, can anybody explain what condition has the qualification of "mini"? Is it a partial blockage?
A-Fib (the irregular heart beat Dusty has) can cause blood clots. Those clots can cause a lot of trouble. If they lodge in the brain, it's a stroke. In the vessels of the heart, then it's a heart attack or MI. In the lungs, it's called a pulmonary embolism.
Mini, of course, just means small- no major deficits. Sometimes, mini strokes are called TIA's (transient ischemic episodes), not sure if Dusty had that or not. Someone recognized it very early on, because he was still in the hospital, and it was treated, most probably with some "clot busting" drugs, and thankfully resolved. Dusty is going to be on some heavy duty blood thinners from here on out.