Stroke: New Definition of TIA and Telemedicine and Stroke Systems of Care

Updated:May 4,2015

Recommendations for the Implementation of Telemedicine Within Stroke Systems of Care

  • Telemedicine technology provides specialists with the data necessary to assist clinicians at the bedside in stroke-related decision making for patients presenting at distant or under-equipped facilities. 
  • The reported numbers of telestroke consultations overall and those that lead to thrombolysis show that the use of telemedicine is feasible and has already impacted local stroke care. 
  • Barriers to effective telestroke implementation include licensure and liability laws, technology assessment and deployment, community outreach/education, assuring confidentiality of information shared, and processes of requesting and delivering telemedicine consultations.

    Read full article in Stroke
    Stroke. 2009; 40: 2635-2660, Published online before print May 7, 2009, doi: 10.1161/?STROKEAHA.109.192361

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Definition and Evaluation of Transient Ischemic Attack

Stroke Journal Cover for Science News

  • The annual incidence of transient ischemic attack (TIA) is about 200,000 to 500,000, with the population prevalence about 2.3 precent or about 5 million Americans.
  • Ten percent to 15 percent of patients with TIA have a stroke within three months and about one half within 48 hours.
  • TIA is considered an urgent medical issue, with acute treatments available, such as carotid endarterectomy.

    Read full article in Stroke
    Stroke. 2009; 40: 2276-2293,Published online before print May 7, 2009, doi: 10.1161/?STROKEAHA.108.192218

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