I thought I was a fairly healthy person in my 50s, since I had quit smoking and started taking my exercises more seriously. But one day I woke up with the worst headache I ever had, and I had a hard time getting out of bed without falling down. I called my son and he took me to an emergency appointment with my regular doctor.
The doctor said I probably had a silent stroke that morning. Since I used to be a heavy smoker, he said I had a higher risk of having a silent heart attack or stroke. He gave me some prescription medications that did something to my blood to make a second stroke less likely. He put me through a battery of cognition and coordination tests to see if there was any residual damage from that stroke. I still have some difficulty maintaining my balance, and I have notice some weakness in my right hand.