Stroke therapy

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By Carolyn D Brockington MD

Stroke treatment is an emergency and options for treatment have increased since the FDA approval of intravenous t-PA use in acute ischemic stroke in 1996. This update contains information on various topics in the treatment of acute stroke, including the use of combination antiplatelet therapy in patients with minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, and the latest on blood pressure management in the setting of intracerebral hemorrhage.

In This Article

Historical note and nomenclature - acute stroke treatment
Scientific basis
Thrombolytic therapy
Adverse effects
Stroke units
Trials and studies
Prevention strategies
Treatment guidelines
References cited