Dr. Evans explains when a woman should visit with a neurologist if she has had a stroke.
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The biggest job of a neurologist immediately after a stroke especially in somebody who has already had a good early recovery and is now out of the hospital, is really to act as the quarterback specifically for stroke-related risk factors because some of those risk factors span different doctors. For example, your primary care doctor and your cardiologist might both be addressing your high blood pressure, your other doctor might only be paying attention to your diabetes, the neurologist’s job is to make sure that all of those issues are getting addressed as quickly and as appropriately as possible. Often that happens for a short period of time, and once the initial transitions have been made and the stroke risk factors have been appropriately modified, then a person can easily just follow up with their primary care doctor, and they only need to involve the neurologist if there are new events or changes.