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Acute Ischemic Stroke

Bryan Boling, Katie Keinath
AACN Advanced Critical Care 2018, 29 (2): 152-162
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Acute ischemic stroke is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States and worldwide. Despite the development of specialized stroke centers, mortality and morbidity as a result of acute ischemic strokes can and do happen anywhere. These strokes are emergency situations requiring immediate intervention. This article covers the fundamentals of care involved in treating patients with acute ischemic stroke, including essentials for the initial evaluation, basic neuroimaging, reperfusion therapies, critical care management, and palliative care, as well as current controversies. National guidelines and current research are presented, along with recommendations for implementation.

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