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Talking to Your Doctor About Stroke
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Which of my functions have been compromised by the stroke?
- Motor (hands, legs, and mobility)
- Will I regain any of these functions?
- How long will it take to get most or all functions back?
- How high is my risk of stroke, and what do you recommend doing about it?
- Do I need to take preventive medications like aspirin or cholesterol-lowering drugs?
- Are there tests I can have to help clarify my risk for a stroke?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to lessen my risk of having a stroke ?
- If I reduce my risk by managing lifestyle factors, can I stop taking medications?
- What treatments are available to me?
- What type of rehabilitation programs am I going to need?
- How long does rehabilitation last?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
What medications are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
What is my long-term outlook for:
- Daily living activities
- Physical activity and exercise
- Mental function
- How will this affect my family?
- Should I follow a special diet?
- Are there any dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?
Should I begin an exercise program?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started exercising?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- How can I find help quitting smoking?
- Can you recommend some support groups for myself and my family?
- What are the chances I will have another stroke after treatment?
- How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need check-ups?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2017
- Update Date: 12/20/2014