Stroke Patient Education
How to Prepare for Your Stroke Doctor Visit
A stroke is a medical emergency that initially requires care in the emergency room. After emergency medical treatment and release from the hospital, you will have a follow-up appointment with a doctor.
Having made your follow-up appointment, there are certain actions you can take to maximize the benefit of your doctor visit after a stroke.
- If you are unable to write, ask a friend or family member to write down the following information for you.
- A list of how you have been feeling since the stroke, including any symptoms that seem
- related or unrelated to the stroke
- A list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements that you’re taking (Include the dosage
- you’re taking of each)
- Key personal information, including prior illnesses, diet and exercise habits, type of work
- that you do, and any major stresses or recent life changes
- A list of questions you have for the doctor so that you don’t forget to ask any of them
- If at all possible, bring a family member or close friend who can help you remember everything you and the doctor discuss.
- If you are going to a neurologist, obtain a copy of your medical records and bring them to the appointment or ask your regular doctor to forward a copy to the neurologist.
Written by Laurie LaRusso, MS, ELS