Stroke is a vibrant place to work as you have the chance to hone your clinical as well as radiological skills. There is a wide variety of patient exposure as strokes can affect any age (though most commonly in older individuals), but the presentations and correlations that can be made with scans is a great learning opportunity.
What can you expect?
When treating a patient who has had a stroke, a multi-disciplinary approach is required. It unfortunately is not a condition which will correct itself by medicine alone. A patient more often than not must undergo physiotherapy, speech and swallow assessments, reviews by dietitians, and an occupational therapist review of their living conditions.
This is very important to keep in mind when you are working on the ward, be it as a junior doctor, registrar, or consultant. Without the aid of a team of individuals, the majority of patients will be unable to successfully be discharged from the hospital.
It's a good idea to know the Bamford classification . . .
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