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Patient Discharge Instructions

Stroke Recovery

The following instructions are provided to guide you during your recovery at home. Please carefully read and follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth healing process:


  • Take all prescribed medications as directed by your doctor, including blood thinners, antiplatelet agents, blood pressure medications, and any other medications.
  • Follow the recommended schedule and dosage instructions provided to you.
  • If you experience any adverse reactions or have concerns about your medications, consult your healthcare provider.

Physical and Occupational Therapy:

  • Your doctor may recommend physical and occupational therapy sessions to aid in your recovery. Attend all scheduled appointments and follow the therapist’s instructions.
  • Perform any prescribed exercises, mobility training, and activities of daily living as directed by your therapists.
  • Inform your therapist if you experience any pain or discomfort during the exercises.

Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Follow any lifestyle modifications recommended by your healthcare provider, such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and smoking cessation if applicable.
  • Manage your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels as advised by your doctor.
  • Make any necessary modifications in your home to improve safety and accessibility, such as installing handrails, removing tripping hazards, and using assistive devices if needed.

Diet and Nutrition:

  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet as recommended by your healthcare provider. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Limit your intake of sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

Signs of Issues:

  • Be aware of any signs of potential Issues and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination difficulties
  • Severe or persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

Emotional Support and Mental Health:

  • It is normal to experience emotional changes after a stroke. Seek emotional support from friends, family, or a support group.
  • If you experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any other mental health concerns, consult your healthcare provider for appropriate guidance and support.

Follow-Up Appointments:

  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider any questions or difficulties you may be experiencing during your recovery.

Remember, stroke recovery is a gradual process, and it may take time to regain function and adapt to any changes. Be patient with yourself and follow the recommendations provided by your healthcare team. Reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery.

Wishing you a smooth recovery and improved health. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

NeurosurgeryLA Team

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