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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Stroke

Since you've recently had a stroke, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke?

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2. How will having a stroke change what I can and can't do?

3. Will I need to change my diet? What foods should I be avoiding or eating more of?

4. Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make?

5. Would physical or occupational therapy be helpful? Can you make a referral?

6. Are there any medications I should take to help me during my recovery?

7. Should I be taking aspirin or a prescription medication to help prevent another stroke?

8. Do I have any other conditions that make having another stroke more likely? What can I do to reduce my risk?

9. Am I a good candidate for any clinical trials?

10. Is there a support group, counselor, or mental health professional you recommend?

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 18, 2012
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