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Module 1 - Stroke/TIA (Objectives)


  • Compare and contrast ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Distinguish ischemic from hemorrhagic stroke
  • Describe 3 major mechanisms that can produce an ischemic stroke
  • Name the most common causes of (1) non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage and of (2) intraparenchymal (intracerebral) hemorrhage

Clinical Applications and Reasoning

  • Describe what would typically be seen in non-contrast CT scans showing the brain of a patient with acute intracranial hemorrhage
  • List at least 4 common symptoms of stroke that a layperson might report
  • Explain why an individual who has recently had a myocardial infarction or has recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation is at increased risk for having a stroke
  • Provide at least 2 reasons why immediate follow-up testing for a patient believed to have experienced a TIA is essential

Clinical Applications to Patient Education

  • Develop 3 points that you would use in explaining what a stroke or a TIA is to a patient.