July 2006, Volume 36 Number 7 , p 56cc1 - 56cc4
Quinn, Colleen McCaffery RN, BSN
Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. And of the 700,000 people affected, 157,000 don't survive, making stroke the third leading cause of death in the United States. Of those who survive, about two-thirds struggle with some form of permanent disability.
Ischemic stroke accounts for about 88% of all strokes. (Hemorrhagic strokes, which have a much higher morbidity rate, usually require emergency surgery.) Your fast, appropriate interventions in the emergency department (ED) may help limit brain damage and prevent disability or death from ischemic stroke, especially if you can administer clot-busting drugs within 3 hours of symptom onset.
When the brain attacks…itself
An ischemic stroke is caused by an obstruction, typically an embolus or thrombus, that prevents ...