Acute Ischemic Stroke

It’s a double header of stroke treatment and controversy.¬†Anand Swaminathan from EM Lyceum and Ryan Radecki from EM Literature of Note help tease out:

  • How do you manage blood pressure in acute ischemic stroke?
  • Should you give thrombolytics up to 4.5 hours after symptom onset?
  • When do you decide that a CVA is actually a TIA?
  • What is the age cutoff for using thrombolytics in acute ischemic CVA?

And… What’s up with the new American College of Emergency Physicians clinical policy on TPA in stroke?


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Articles and clinical policies discussed in this podcast

ERCast episode three: Discussion and debate with a stroke neurologist on thrombolytics beyond the 3 hr window

BMJ: Why we can’t trust clinical guidelines

ACEP Clinical Policy on Use of IV TPA for Acute Ischemic Stroke


Stroke trials discussed in this podcast

Original NINDS trial from NEJM 1995

Original ECASS trial from NEJM 1995

ATLANTIS trial from 2002




Products mentioned

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      1. Jeremy Naples

        Following up on that last one, have you seen, or do you know where to find a good consent form for giving TPA with all the relevant data, i.e. risk/benefit discussion?

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