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What causes loss of body balance and difficulty articulating words?

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I'm a male just short of 70 who recently experienced some subtle changes. While traveling I noticed a slight loss of balance, slight difficulty articulating words, change in handwriting, which was never great but easily legible and a slight headache noticed when coughing. My blood pressure is reasonable ranging 185/88 down to 119/65 or even less. Heart rate ~ 44-65 depending if not exercising. I weigh ~ 205 and am 5-10. I suspect a mild stroke or even an anurism. I have no numbness or other alarming symptoms. I've never had a heart attack and take Lisinopril, 10 Mg but almost always cut them in half. The only medication of any significance is a low dose aspirin daily.
Posted Mon, 4 Aug 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Behar Greca 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Brain ischemia...

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thank you for posting!

I have gone through your query and I understand your concerns.

Your story tells that you have experienced a hypertension attack often, which has caused brain stroke. I think that the treatment you take is insufficient.
But before, you need to know the conditions of the disease.

You need the following tests and procedures:
- Glycemia blood test
- Lipid test ( cholesterol, triglycerid, LDL-low density lipoprotein, HDL-high density lipoprotein )
- ECG (electrocardiogram)
- Brain MRI ( magnetic resonance imaging )
- Complete blood count
- Urine test

You should also consult your cardiologist and neurologist for the determination of the treatment of your condition.

Feel free to ask for anything unclear.

All the best,
Dr. Behar.
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