Interprofessional care for stroke

Interprofessional care for stroke

  • Management of modifiable risk factors
    • Healthy diet
    • Weight control
    • Regular exercise
    • No smoking
    • Limiting alcohol consumption
    • BP management
    • Routine health assessments
  • Preventive drug therapy
    • Measures to prevent development of a thrombus or embolus are used in patients at risk for stroke
      • Antiplatelet drugs are used  in patients who have had a TIA related to atherosclerosis
      • Aspirin is most frequently used antiplatelet agent
  • Surgical therapy
    • Surgical interventions for patient with TIAs from carotid disease include
      • Carotid endarterectomy
      • Transluminal angioplasty
        • insertion of a balloon to open a stenosed artery in the brain and improve blood low
      • Stenting
        • intravascular placement of a stent in an attempt to maintain patency of the artery
    • Postoperative care is important
      • Neurovascular assessment
      • BP management
      • Assessment for complications
        • Stent occlusion
        • Retroperitoneal hemorrhage
      • Minimize complications at insertion site