[Summary of the 'Stroke' guideline of the Dutch College of General Practitioners' (NHG)]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 158, 1, (2014), pp. A7022
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
The Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) guideline 'Stroke' covers the diagnosis, management and long-term care of stroke in general practice. Patients with neurological symptoms suspected to be due to cerebral infarction or haemorrhage should be transferred directly to a stroke unit. The specialized care provided by these units, including emergency interventions (e.g. intravenous thrombolysis) and early mobilization help improve outcomes. If neurological symptoms have resolved completely, the patient should be referred to a TIA service as soon as possible, preferably within 1 day. Stroke often leads to permanent disability and neuropsychological impairments. The general practitioner (GP) should provide patients and caregivers with information and support, and should be alert to the psychological consequences of stroke, both in patients and caregivers. Secondary prevention measures are started as soon as the diagnosis of stroke is confirmed. GPs should regularly evaluate and monitor risk factors and compliance.
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