Dr. Evans explains when a woman should visit with a neurologist if she has had a stroke.
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’s new events or changes.
About Dr. Evans, M.D.:
Dr. Evans joined the Neurosciences faculty in July 2005. Dr. Evans received a BS in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California, and a MD from UCSD. After a year of Internal Medicine training at Loma Linda Medical Center, he returned to UCSD for his residency in neurology. He has received several awards for academic excellence during his training and was the 25th Anniversary Scholar for the UCSD School of Medicine. He was named the valedictorian of UCSD’s National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine’s class of 2006. He is a full-time clinical neurologist at the UCSD Neuroscience Center at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.