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Nurs Older People. 2013 Oct;25(8):34-8. doi: 10.7748/nop2013.

Prevention and treatment of acute ischaemic stroke.

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  • 1Independent consultant in care of the older person.


When someone has a stroke it can cause death or severe disability. However, advances in treatment have changed the way professionals need to respond. Nurses must recognise the signs of stroke and understand why prompt action can save more of the brain. They also need to recognise and respond appropriately to transient ischaemic attacks, which can warn of impending stroke, and to support people in reducing their individual risk.

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