Acute ischemic stroke treatment: State of the art

Vasc Med. 2011 Feb;16(1):19-28. doi: 10.1177/1358863X10382945. Epub 2010 Oct 21.


Stroke is among the leading causes of death and serious disability in the United States. Treatment of the acute ischemic stroke patient requires a multidisciplinary approach involving first-responders, emergency department personnel, neurologists, advanced imaging experts and endovascular specialists with neurosurgical support. Contemporary stroke treatment is a rapidly advancing field. New developments in pharmacologic and endovascular stroke therapy require thoughtful trial design and expeditious trial implementation to assess clinical outcomes. This manuscript reviews the state of the art in acute stroke therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Brain Ischemia / complications
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnosis
  • Brain Ischemia / therapy*
  • Emergency Treatment / methods
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Stroke / complications
  • Stroke / diagnosis
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Thrombolytic Therapy