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Overview

More than 795,000 strokes occur each year in the US, either new or recurrent, and they cause significant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 1 of every 20 deaths is caused by stroke, making it the fifth leading cause of death in this country, after heart attack, cancer, respiratory disease, and injuries.

Stroke is preventable on many levels, both medical and lifestyle. Given the significant morbidity and mortality associated with acute stroke and the growing number of stroke survivors, education aimed at improving the knowledge and competence of practitioners to assess, diagnose, and treat this disorder in a timely manner has the potential to substantially improve outcomes in this large patient population.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for neurologists, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, primary care physicians, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and allied health professionals.

Learning Objectives

After completing this educational activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Critically assess the risks and benefits of restarting antithrombotic therapy after intracerebral hemorrhage.
  • Describe recent insights into management strategies for late-window thrombolysis and posterior circulation stroke.
  • List recently developed technologies designed to reduce time to treatment and describe their clinical use.
  • Critically review the best practices for secondary stroke prevention in patients with cardiac disease.
  • Assess stroke survivors for depression, nutrition, physical exercise, and sleep apnea and implement appropriate management strategies for these conditions.