Medical Management of Patients with an Acute Stroke: Treatment and Prevention

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Abstract

Stroke is a common and serious disorder and will probably occur with increasing frequency due to an aging of the population. Acute therapies aimed at reversing the effects of acute ischemic stroke are limited to recombinant tissue plasminogen activator administered intravenously within 3 hours of stroke onset. Neuroprotective agents and acute anticoagulation with agents such as heparinoids and heparin are not effective in most cases. Poststroke medical complications such as infection and venous thromboembolism are common but are largely preventable. A variety of medical therapies such as antiplatelet agents, warfarin, statins, and ACE inhibitors can reduce the risk of a recurrent stroke. A key aspect of management for stroke is selection of the proper treatment regimen for each patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

Keywords

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Stroke prevention
  • Stroke therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Community and Home Care
  • Clinical Neurology

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