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The Importance of Time in Stroke Emergency Care

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Thrombolytic therapy is the principal treatment for a specific criterion of stroke patients. The tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) converts plasminogen to plasmin, which is the principal stroke clot-dissolving enzyme. To receive tPA, the patient must contact a certified stroke center as soon as symptoms appear. Only 3 to 5% of stroke patients receive tPA in time.

Despite public education programs, many individuals with suspected stroke symptoms delay getting care for hours. Minutes lost cause brain tissue destruction, and a stroke is a life-threatening emergency that necessitates an emergency call to 911.

You must be able to analyze a patient’s symptoms and treat strokes as a nurse. All nurses should be able to recognize stroke symptoms, tell patients and families about them, and advocate prompt treatment. Early detection and therapy save lives.

Read on to discover more about strokes and the importance of time in emergency stroke situations.

Understanding Pathophysiology in Strokes

Strokes are classified as either ischemic (clot-related) or hemorrhagic (caused by bleeding in the brain). Both reduce the oxygen supply to brain tissue, causing cell death and brain damage.

Ischemic strokes are responsible for 87% of all strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes account for 13% of all strokes but account for 40% of all stroke deaths. Ischemic stroke is caused by thrombotic or embolic factors and causes clots in a brain artery. An embolic stroke occurs when a thrombus travels from the heart or carotid artery to the brain.

If the patient fits certain requirements, thrombolytic treatment can be used to treat an ischemic stroke. Ministrokes are brief ischemic attacks.

Emergency Stroke Evaluation: What to Know

Stroke or suspected stroke must be treated as soon as possible. If you suspect a stroke, set off a stroke alert, contact a doctor, or dial 911.

The National Institutes of Health mentions the following stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden facial numbness or paralysis; 
  • Sudden visual problems in one or both eyes; 
  • Sudden difficulties walking, vertigo, or loss of balance or coordination

Learning Stroke Dangers

Today, it is claimed that 49% of Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke. While lifestyle changes can help to reduce these risks, the dangers of inactivity, obesity, and type 2 diabetes vary in effect to every individual.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia that causes blood to pool in the heart and form a clot that goes to the brain, affecting approximately 15% of stroke patients. For this, anticoagulants aid in the prevention of AF-related strokes.

The following are non-modifiable stroke risks and dangers:

  • Age

After the age of 55, the chances of having a stroke double.

  • Gender

Women are more likely to die from a stroke than men. The use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy raises the risk of this illness.

  • Medical and Family History

Individuals who have had a stroke or a myocardial infarction are at a higher risk of having another one. At the same time, if a patient has a first-degree relative suffer a stroke, this increases the likelihood for them as well.

  • Race and Ethnicity

African-Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to have their first stroke.

Conclusion

Understanding stroke assessment and the emergency care schedule could save a patient’s life even if you do not work in a stroke center. This is why it’s crucial to teach people about stroke symptoms. Informing patients about stroke risk factors may encourage them to live healthier lifestyles. If you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 right away.

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