After a stroke, what do we need to know?
August 4, 2009 6:28 AM Subscribe
About 4 weeks ago, my father had a stroke. He's more or less recovered now and is finally going to see a neurologist for his follow-up. What questions should he ask?
posted by wabbittwax to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Four weeks ago, my father woke up feeling very dizzy and sluggish. He couldn't find his footing to get out of bed and found it very difficult to walk for the rest of the day. He had no numbness, or paralysis, and no loss of cognitive function. About six hours into the day as these symptoms persisted, someone in the family suggested he go to the emergency room (good call). The doctors there said he had had a stroke, but that it was a mild stroke, as there were no signs of damage on the tests they performed (catscan and ekg). Further tests have been done since by his General Practitioner and he's been given the OK to resume his usual routine, drive a car, etc.
A brief medical history of my dad:
My father is 65 years old. He's in relatively good shape, maybe 15 lbs overweight (he's 6 ft, weighs about 205-10). He's moderately active, plays golf weekly at least (he does not use a cart or a caddy). His cholesterol levels are within tolerable levels, and he does not have high blood pressure. He doesn't smoke or drink alcohol. He has been living with Crohn's disease for about 30 years (a moderate case, managed with medication).
His father died of a heart attack in his seventies. His mother died of a stroke at almost 90. His risk factors for stroke are really quite low, so this came as quite a surprise to him and the whole family.
So, he's going to see a neurologist tomorrow to talk about his test results. My mother is convinced they need to do a more detailed MRI, and they're going to ask the obvious questions like, "what caused this?" and "Do we have any way of preventing another one". But I want them to go in with more. What are some questions, obvious and not-so-obvious, that my mother and father should be asking at this appointment?