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HEALTH BEAT HEART HEALTH


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HE IS ONE OF THE LAST people you would expect to have a stroke or heart trouble. Spokane’s Dr. Lauralee Nygaard is a healthy, petite 43 year-old periodontist who


takes her health seriously. But six years ago, between patients at work, she suffered a stroke. She was aware that something was wrong. As a dentist she says she knew just enough to be dangerous. Her vision was blurred and her speech was slurred. So she sat down and took her own blood pressure. It was high, so she took two aspirin and continued with her workday. The next day she went to her family


doctor who thought she might have had a migraine. But Lauralee had a feeling and just enough medical training to think otherwise. Her doctor ordered an MRI and, after three months of tests, her diagnosis was indeed a stroke. Not the classic transient ischemic attack (TIA), where a person has stroke-like symptoms for up to a couple of hours, but a full on cryptogenic stroke, meaning a stroke of unknown origin. It meant Lauralee had a sudden decrease in brain function. She and her doctor believe the reason she doesn’t have permanent damage is because of the aspirin she took. While at first glance Lauralee didn’t fit the


typical heart attack/stroke victim profile— she was young, in her 30s, thin and healthy—


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