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Acute Ischemic Stroke Evaluation and Treatment 

Acute Ischemic Stroke Evaluation and Treatment
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Acute Ischemic Stroke Evaluation and Treatment
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Bart M. Demaerschalk

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0013
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date: 20 October 2019

According to World Health Organization statistics, stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 6.2 million deaths per year. In the United States, approximately 800,000 patients sustain an acute stroke annually. Acute stroke is a time-sensitive neurologic emergency. To take full advantage of the many new and existing acute stroke treatments, proper diagnosis and management must occur as soon as possible. The earlier the therapies are instituted, the higher the probability of the patient having a successful outcome and avoiding long-term disability.

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