Is a history of stroke addressed during the dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Cerebrovascular accidents are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly persons. Monitoring the blood pressure is essential, and, if accelerated hypertension occurs, it must be immediately treated or the procedure must be terminated. Eliciting a history of a previous stroke is important for several reasons. A cerebrovascular accident may be a clue to underlying coronary heart disease, and it is also an indication that the patient is most likely on an antiplatelet agent (eg, aspirin, ticlopidine) or warfarin (Coumadin).


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