Stroke For Dummies
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When you're ready to leave the hospital after your stroke, you want to depart with all the information and paperwork that will make your transition as smooth as possible. Use the following list to check that you have everything you need:

  • Diagnosis, including type and location of stroke

  • Summary of all of your medical problems

  • Details of tests and results, including CT and MRI scans, ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, angiograms, spinal taps, and others

  • List of prescriptions with detailed dosage information so you won't ever miss a single dose

  • Detailed list and schedule of all recommended physical exercises for stroke survivor

  • Schedule of follow-up appointments and future tests

  • Names and contact information of all the doctors who saw you during your stay

  • Discharge summary — ask for this document before you leave

  • Contact information for a local stroke support group

  • Contact info of a nurse or social worker to call if you have problems

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John R. Marler, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and widely published researcher in the treatment of acute stroke.

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