Early intervention has the key role in treating an acute 'brain attack'. New therapies may reverse neurologic damage and prevent recurrence when given within 6 hours of onset. In the ideal situation, every patient with acute ischemic stroke should present to the hospital immediately after the onset of symptoms, should be promptly and accurately diagnosed by a stroke team using sensitive neuroimaging studies, and should receive cerebral reperfusion and neuroprotective therapy with restoration of the neurologic function and quality of life. Unfortunately, most of the picture is incomplete, stroke patients often delay seeking medical attention, encounter misdiagnosis in evaluation, do not receive appropriate therapy because of delay, and are often left with serious, long-term disabilitY. Identifying the missing elements is a critical first step. This article summarizes some of the aspects of early intervention and prevention of acute ischemic stroke.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta Clinica Croatica, Supplement|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1998|
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