Acute Stroke


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Globally, stroke is the second leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability, incurring enormous economic costs. Acute stroke is classified as ischemic or hemorrhagic, with some overlap in risk factors and clinical presentation, each requiring significantly different management. Ischemic strokes are due to blood vessel blockage limiting the blood supply to the brain. In contrast, hemorrhagic strokes are due to blood vessel rupture leading to blood spilling into the intracranial cavity. Interprofessional and multidisciplinary teamwork is necessary to rapidly recognize and treat patients with acute stroke and deliver effective care during recovery and rehabilitation. Guidelines for ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage recommend interprofessional healthcare teams for prehospital and hospital care to improve outcomes. Rehabilitation services delivered by a multidisciplinary team during and after hospitalization are essential to achieving functional recovery and patient independence in patients who have suffered an acute stroke. This overview of acute stroke is based on current AHA/ASA Guidelines and published literature and is designed to update providers on this potentially disabling and fatal condition to maximize clinical recovery for the individual patient and decrease the global burden of stroke.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Differentiate acute stroke from stroke mimics and ischemic etiology from hemorrhagic.
  • Efficiently and effectively evaluate a patient presenting with acute-onset focal neurologic dysfunction.
  • Implement current AHA/ASA Guidelines for the management of acute stroke.
  • Recognize the importance of the interprofessional team for prehospital and hospital care and rehabilitation services to enhance clinical outcomes.


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  • General Operative Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
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  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
American Board of Pathology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Neuropathology (incl. Neuromuscular)
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Neurology
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

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