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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:

  • Summarize the advances in techniques for endovascular stroke treatment.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence comparing the efficacy and safety of tenecteplase vs alteplase for treating acute ischemic stroke.
  • Discuss the decision-making process for selecting the most appropriate facility for transporting an acute ischemic stroke patient.
  • Describe the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cervicocephalic arterial dissection.
  • Highlight key factors for ensuring successful outcomes when transitioning a stroke survivor to home.