Archive for June2014

Stroke & the Survivor

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We focus a lot on acute stroke patients. Rapid response. Rapid assessment. Rapid transport. Dispatch, Delivery, Door, and Drug. But what about the other D’s associated with stroke such as Discharge? And Disability? And Depression? Stroke is the chief culprit of serious long term disability in the US. Below is the Modified Rankin Scale (MRS), a […]

Heart Attack Has the EKG; Stroke Has the Physical Exam

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Heart Attacks have the benefit of the EKG. A quick test. An expert read. A diagnosis (or close). On top of the EKG blood tests will be ordered. In stroke, there’s no luxury of an easy diagnostic test. The CT won’t necessarily show evidence of an early acute infarct; It’s role is to rule out […]