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A Primer on Stroke Prevention and Treatment : An Overview Based on AHA/ASA Guidelines / Edition 1

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Society-sanctioned guidelines are valuable tools, but accessing key information can be a daunting task. This book illuminates a clear path to successful application of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines. Organized for fast reference, this new volume helps practitioners improve patient care.

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Reviewer: Maria I Aguilar, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This well written book provides an overview of stroke prevention and management based on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the vast amount of existing information to support stroke prevention and treatment using evidence-based neurology. This clinical application of the AHA/ASA guidelines is intended to help bridge the gap between guidelines and practice.
Audience: The editor intends the book for neurologists, both generalists and stroke specialists.
Features: This comprehensive book covers all the relevant aspects of stroke management and prevention. It includes information on stroke in women, stroke in blacks, stroke in children, post-stroke rehabilitation, all very important topics that are not always covered in stroke prevention books. Each chapter begins with a clinical case and guides readers through the clinical approach and medical decision-making process. Color figures are a plus and the quality of the radiologic images is superb (see chapter 6 as an example). The bullet points and tables highlight the important aspects of each chapter and provide a very useful summary. The only disadvantage I see to this book is that the references are available online only. Although it allows the book to be smaller and more portable, it disrupts the reading/learning flow of readers who like to review the source of the information.
Assessment: This is a very good book, useful, concise, well written, and easy/fun to read. It's also a small book, light and easy to carry. It shares some similarities with Stroke: A Practical Approach, Geyer and Gomez (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009), but it is much more complete, the figures and graphics are of better quality, and overall it's a "friendlier" book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405186513
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,227,345
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Editor
Dr. Goldstein is Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center, Director of the Duke Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and the Duke Stroke Center, and a Senior Fellow in Duke's Center for Clinical Health Policy Research.
He has published over 400 journal articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters, abstracts, and other professional papers including two books. He has served on numerous AHA/ASA committees and guideline writing groups including as Chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee and the AHA Stroke Council Leadership Committee.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface xi

Classifi cation of Recommendations and Level of Evidence Table xiii

Part I Overview Topics 1

1 Stroke Epidemiology 3
George Howard and Virginia J. Howard

2 Stroke Systems 11
Soojin Park and Lee H. Schwamm

3 Primordial and Primary Prevention of Stroke 23
Nikolaos I.H. Papamitsakis and Robert J. Adams

4 Treatment of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke 35
Harold P. Adams, Jr.

5 Intracerebral Hemorrhage 53
Opeolu Adeoye and Joseph P. Broderick

6 Subarachnoid Hemorrhage 65
Jonathan L. Brisman and Marc R. Mayberg

7 Prevention of Recurrent Ischemic Stroke 85
Jose G. Romano and Ralph L. Sacco

8 Post-Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery 100
Pamela Woods Duncan, Danielle Blankenship, and Nicol Korner-Bitensky

Part II Special Topics 113

9 Stroke in Women 115
Cheryl D. Bushnell

10 Stroke in Black Patients 129
Fernando D. Testai and Philip B. Gorelick

11 Stroke in Children 142
Gabrielle A. deVeber

12 Coagulopathy and Stroke 152
Mark Chan, Richard C. Becker, Svati H. Shah, and Steven R. Levine

13 Genetics of Stroke 170
Natalia Rost and Jonathan Rosand

14 Surgical and Interventional Treatment for Carotid Disease 186
Kumar Rajamani and Seemant Chaturverdi

15 Intracranial Atherosclerosis 195
Farhan Siddiq, Burhan Z. Chaudhry, and Adnan I. Qureshi

16 Patent Foramen Ovale 206
Marco R. Di Tullio and Shunichi Homma

17 Vascular Cognitive Impairment 219
José G. Merino and Vladimir Hachinski

18 Stroke Outcome Assessments 233
Linda Williams

Other Statements Published in 2008 245

Index 247

COI Table 261

A companion website:,

will keep you informed of new and updated guidelines.

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