Ischemic Strokeby CME Resource, Lori Alexander
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The early identification and management of the risk factors for ischemic stroke can lead to substantial improvement in health and reductions in cost. However, research has documented gaps between healthcare professionals' knowledge and practice with respect to prevention, with data on adherence to evidence-based or guideline-endorsed recommendations demonstrating underuse or ineffective use of all interventions for primary and secondary prevention. The purpose of this course is to provide needed information about the roles of diagnosis and screening, evaluation of individuals with suspected stroke, immediate treatment of stroke, and the elements of effective rehabilitation programs so that healthcare professionals may implement the necessary interventions appropriately. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the primary types of cerebrovascular disorders and their causes.
2. Discuss differences in prevalence, morbidity, and mortality according to age, sex, and race/ethnicity.
3. Identify the nonmodifiable and modifiable risk factors for ischemic stroke.
4. Implement primary prevention strategies according to evidence-based guidelines.
5. Discuss the need for education at the community and patient levels.
6. Apply models of predicting risk of ischemic stroke.
7. Select the appropriate tools for screening, diagnosis, and early management of ischemic stroke.
8. Describe the elements of stroke systems of care and a comprehensive stroke center.
9. Discuss evidence-based treatment options for ischemic stroke.
10. Describe the benefits and components of a specialized stroke rehabilitation team.
11. Outline the aspects of patient assessment for stroke rehabilitation.
12. Discuss evidence-based recommendations for secondary prevention of ischemic stroke.
This 10-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.
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