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Stroke Treatment and Prevention
An Evidence-based Approach


  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101684

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  • Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the world and a major source of disability. This invaluable reference will provide clinicians caring for stroke patients with ready access to the optimal evidence for best practice in acute stroke treatment and secondary prevention. The author, who is a member of the editorial board of the Cochrane Stroke Review Group, describes all available treatments for acute stroke and secondary prevention, the rationale for using them and, where available, the highest level of evidence for their safety and effectiveness. Where level 1 evidence is not available, he offers advice on reasonable practice and information about current research. The evidence for each treatment is followed by the author's interpretations and the implications of the evidence in the care of stroke patients. This is therefore an essential resource for clinicians, translating into practice advances that have been made in the treatment and prevention of stroke and suggesting the most appropriate interventions.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101684
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 170 b/w illus. 47 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The size of the problem of stroke
    2. Understanding evidence
    3. Organised acute stroke care
    4. General supportive acute stroke care
    5. Reperfusion of ischaemic brain by thrombolysis
    6. Augmentation of cerebral blood flow: fibrinogen-depleting agents, haemodilution and pentoxifylline
    7. Neuroprotection
    8. Treatment of brain oedema
    9. Anticoagulation
    10. Antiplatelet therapy
    11. Carotid artery revascularisation
    12. Lowering blood pressure
    13. Lowering blood cholesterol concentrations
    14. Modification of other vascular risk factors and lifestyle
    15. Antithrombotic therapy for preventing recurrent cardiogenic embolism
    16. Arterial dissection and arteritis
    17. Treatment of intracerebral haemorrhage
    18. Treatment of subarachnoid haemorrhage

  • Author

    Graeme Hankey, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia
    Graeme Hankey is Head of the Stroke Unit at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. His research is in epidemiological studies and clinical trials for acute stroke and stroke prevention. He is an associate editor of Stroke, an editorial board member of the Cochrane Stroke Review Group and other publications, and the author of several previous books in the area.

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