Has the diagnosis of stroke been overlooked in the symptoms of Julius Ceasar by Galassi and Ashrafian originally from Neurological Sciences.
Julius Caesar may have suffered mini-strokes, say doctors by Ian Sample originally appearing in The Guardian.
The first one there is the original article. I couldn’t really get enough of a gist of the full article from the little free blurb they left there, so I found some more info from the second journalistic piece listed there. (Sorry, no one pays me to do this, so I’m not going to pay $40 for one article that wasn’t available on PTNow. Uncle Sam’s still after me for student loans.)
The symptoms: falls, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, giddiness/insensibility, weakness, depression, personality change, emotional lability, tremors.
Add to that a family history of dropping dead, which would certainly fit something cardiovascular in nature. We must remember that although it is the brain that is damaged in stroke, the root cause of the stroke is cardiovascular in nature.
Does that equal stroke in your differential? Cesar’s historical plot thickens…
Just a word regarding the use of the word “mini-stroke” in the Guardian article. I associate that word with transient ischemic attack (TIA), the keyword there being “transient.” Since the Cesar’s deficits continued, this would not be “transient” and therefore not a TIA or “mini-stroke”. If it were a stroke, perhaps it would be better to say it was several smaller strokes.