Stroke For Dummies
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As stroke survivors navigate their way toward recovery, certain information about their physical condition come into play again and again. Keep the following details close at hand — write them down, copy them, post one copy on the refrigerator, put one in your wallet, and give copies to your caretakers. Physicians and specialists will monitor, assess, and determine your treatments based partly on the data in the following list:

  • Your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI)

  • Your blood type and blood pressure

  • Your levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol

  • If you're diabetic, your fasting blood glucose

  • Any allergies, especially to medications

  • Any medical conditions

  • Current prescriptions and dosages

  • Other drugs you take — over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal supplements, and so on

  • Your doctor's name and phone number

  • Your emergency contact — name, phone number, and relationship to you

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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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