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Standard Post-Stroke Care
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amandible posted:
In February of 2013, I had an ischemic stroke in my right occipital lobe at 24 years old. As a result, I thankfully only have left homonymous hemianopia, which after a year has not resolved. I do have very frequent headaches, often in the area where I experienced my strok, and fatigue. I am not overweight, don't have high blood pressure, not a smoker. I don't have any pfo's in my heart, no collusions in veins or arteries, no history in my family. I've had maybe 3-4 migraines in my life with aura and I was on birth control at the time. I'm only on low dose aspirin now for the rest of my life. It took four months for me to see a neurologist and he never requested any additional tests, MRI's, or even a follow up appointment with me. At the time, I was relieved not to see a doctor but now I'm worried that more should've been done? Is this standard? Should I be concerned? Should I be on anti-coagulant therapy?

I'm worried because I live in a border town that is pretty inundated and I'm on state insurance. I feel like I've been brushed off. I'm just worried about having another one. I just need some guidance. Thank you.
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atti_editor responded:
Hi amandible,

I'm not sure about what is standard follow-up procedure following a stroke and hope that another community member or our expert with chime in with personal/profession experience, but I was able to find this article about post-stroke treatment . From what I see, after your condition is stabilized, prevention of a future stroke is key. The article has some tips that you might follow (not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, and not having high blood pressure are all on the list, so it looks like you are already aware of prevention tips). I hope these help in some way.

Best wishes,
Atti


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