What is the long-term monitoring of patients with vertebral artery dissection (VAD)?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019
  • Author: Eddy S Lang, MDCM, CCFP(EM), CSPQ; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Most authors support follow-up imaging at 3 months after diagnosis, preferably with a noninvasive technique such as MRI.

As with all patients on warfarin therapy, monitor INR at regular intervals.

Therapy recommendations for patients with stroke and arterial dissection are available from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. [47, 48]

For patient education resources, see the Brain and Nervous System Center, as well as Stroke.


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