My husband, who is barely "middle-aged," experienced something on Tuesday that appears to have been a transient ischemic stroke (TIA), which is considered a warning mini-stroke. He'll be getting a possible-TIA workup done at the hospital in the next few weeks, and he has begun taking a baby aspirin daily.
This is a man who is at a healthy weight and who cycles about 25 miles per week. He doesn't smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. He is, however, cursed genetically (his grandfather died at age 45 of an enlarged heart) and likes desserts and fast food pizza too much.
The episode happened within 24 hours of a daughter's birthday party, which featured triple meat pizza from Little Caesar's, birthday cake made with lots of butter, and ice cream. And we think he had an egg for breakfast the following morning. He has had high cholesterol and triglycerides for years, but he had hoped to stay healthy by dint of lots of exercise and fruits and vegetables. It looks as though he'll also have to largely cut out some favorite treats, too, though. :(
On the bright side, he did escape the illness I posted about last time.