Friday, May 8, 2009

Videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists

Immediate, thorough testing needed after “warning” strokes

High-quality videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists, especially in rural or other underserved areas; and a transient ischemic attack, once known as a “mini” or “warning” stroke, should be treated with the same urgency as a full-blown stroke, according to two separate scientific statements and a policy statement published today in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Link to full American Heart Association release.

Link to video news release featuring MGH physician Lee Schwamm.

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