Tuesday, December 28, 2010

'Teachable moment' can help stroke prevention

Not really thought about it, but this makes some sense...

Emergency docs on call for stroke primary prevention:

The recommendations also urged emergency physicians to identify patients at high risk for stroke and to consider making referrals, conducting screenings, and beginning preventive therapy.

The American Academy of Neurology endorsed the guidelines for neurologists as well.

Emergency department visits may be a "teachable moment" for patients, agreed Roger Bonomo, MD, director of stroke care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Although "a busy ER is not the best place to provide such education," he said in a statement sent to reporters, "it is a good enough place to start."

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