Acute Management

Stroke is associated with significant morbidity as well as mortality, leaving many survivors permanently disabled. More patients survive stroke today than in the past, but a large proportion of them will be disabled for the rest of their lives. Thus a primary goal of stroke management is improving the outcome.

Stroke has, in recent years, been increasingly recognised as a medical emergency. Most treatments, particularly thrombolytic treatment, have a much greater chance of improving stroke outcome if they are started as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. Educating the public and training health professionals to treat stroke as a true emergency is likely to have real benefits for the outcome of patients with stroke.

The key element of acute stroke management summarises the procedures and therapies currently available for use in acute stroke that may help to improve outcomes for stroke patients. It includes general stroke therapies, treatment of secondary complications, and thrombolytic therapy.

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WSA Learning Modul on Hyperacute Stroke