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Management of acute ischemic stroke.
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PMID:  23420444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Acute stroke affects about 800,000 patients annually in the US and is the leading cause of disability. It is a complex condition with multiple causes and requires comprehensive but rapid evaluation by stroke specialists working in institutions with well-organized stroke systems of care. Acute stroke treatment is focused on early revascularization with intravenous tPA for those with strokes under 3 hours duration or intra-arterial therapy for most others and those who cannot receive tPA. The latter is evolving rapidly with the advent of stent-retriever embolectomy devices that are poised to revolutionize stroke treatment. Recanalization is associated with neurological recovery in 33-50 % of patients. This also means that many patients may have devastating and life-threatening brain injury, which highlights the need for comprehensive care for the prevention and treatment of medical complications, management of cerebral edema and intracerebral hemorrhage.
Alex Abou-Chebl
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current cardiology reports     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1534-3170     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888969     Medline TA:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  348     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 500 S. Preston Street, Rm 113, Louisville, KY, 40202, USA,
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