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<< Four Evolving Strategies In The Emergent Treatment Of Acute Ischemic Stroke (Stroke CME)

Introduction

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability in adults.1 Every year in the United States, approximately 795,000 individuals experience a new or a recurrent stroke.2 Of these episodes, 77% (610,000) are initial attacks; 23% (185,000) are recurrent attacks. The risk of stroke is higher in men than in women, in blacks than in whites, and in older than in younger individuals. Stroke imparts a tremendous medical, emotional, and fiscal burden to society; annual costs for stroke care in the United States alone exceed $73 billion.1

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