Stroke Experts Release Comprehensive Stroke Center Recommendations

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Stroke Care

Hospitals need stroke specialists, advanced imaging and surgical capabilities, and a specialized infrastructure to deliver the full spectrum of optimum care to patients with complex types of stroke or cerebrovascular disease, according to new recommendations.

The Brain Attack Coalition (BAC), a group of professional, voluntary and governmental organizations dedicated to improving stroke care and stroke prevention, published a consensus statement on recommendations for establishing comprehensive stroke centers (CSC) in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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The coalition includes the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. Each year about 700,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association.

"Hospitalizations for stroke appear to be on the rise, and stroke will continue to be a significant healthcare issue in the future," said lead author Mark J. Alberts, M.D., a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Medical School, and director of the stroke program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Nearly five years ago, the coalition issued recommendations for developing primary stroke centers (PSC) to treat most acute stroke patients.

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