A 72-year-old woman is brought to the clinic by her daughter. The daughter reports that her mother had an acute onset of slurred speech that morning, but it resolved within an hour. About an hour later she noted her mother was a lethargic and speechless. When she attempted to get her mother to stand, she panicked when her mother slumped over to the right side and couldn’t seem to push herself to an upright position or stand. The daughter reports that her mother had a stroke 2 years ago and exhibited similar symptoms resulting in a 5-day hospital stay followed by intensive rehabilitation where she was able to return to normal functioning. When you see the patient, she is alert, ambulating, and has 4/5 strength bilaterally in the upper and lower extremities. DTRs are 2+ bilaterally. A CT of the head reveals an old left sided infarct within the temporal region. A CT of the carotids reveals a 35% blockage on the left and 40% on the right. Blood pressure is 134/84, P 84, and respirations 18. Labs tests reveal a cholesterol of 306, HDL of 36, and an LDL of 140.

 Assignment ( 2-page case study analysis)

In your Case Study Analysis related to the scenario provided, explain the following:


  • 1.Both the neurological and musculoskeletal pathophysiologic processes that would account for the patient presenting these symptoms.
  • 2. Any racial/ethnic variables that may impact physiological functioning.
  • 3. How these processes interact to affect the patient.

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