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26 Year Old Twins Suffer Strokes Within 9 Months Of Each Other
6/17/2013

Kathryn Tucker, the first of the fraternal twins to endure a stroke, felt a sharp pain in the back of her head before she went to bed in July of 2012, ABC News reports.

After experiencing impaired vision, she went to the nearby hospital in Tempe, Ariz., and was later discharged from the emergency room. However, when she woke up after sleeping for three days, her vision was worse. "Everything was distorted and one-dimensional. I could barely get around," she told the outlet. It was later determined she endured a stroke. 
Nine months later, Kathryn's twin sister, Kimberly, experienced almost identical symptoms -- though on the left side of her head. "The EMT's told me that the chance of both me and my sister having a stroke this young was that of being struck by lightning twice," Kimberly told ABC News.

In 2012, Dr. Brett Kissela, a neurologist and American Academy of Neurology member, published a National Institutes of Health-funded study on the incidence of strokes among younger adults. His team found that the proportion of strokes in younger adults (under 55) increased by about 7 percent over a 12-year period. "Our thinking is that probably the young stroke [patients] we're seeing are experiencing risk factors at a younger age -- diabetes and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol," Kissela told The Huffington Post.

Genes also play a role. The CDC website notes: Genes play a role in the development of risk factors that can lead to a stroke, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and vascular conditions. An increased risk for stroke within a family may also be due to common behavioral factors, such as a sedentary lifestyle or poor eating habits. Thus, family health history is an important tool for identifying people at increased risk for stroke because it reflects both an individual’s genes and shared environmental risk factors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 800,000 people dying annually from strokes and cardiovascular disease.

Few conditions can occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke. Data from the American Stroke Association (ASA) indicate that over 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Immediate emergency treatment is critical to surviving a stroke with the least amount of damage to the brain and the ability to function. Every stroke or transient ischemic attack must be treated as a life-threatening emergency. Thus, it is important that all healthcare providers be educated on the early identification of stroke symptoms, emergency care options, and prevention of recurrent stroke.

With the rate of strokes among younger adults on the rise, it is even more important to control for lifestyle habits, such as alcohol consumption, smoking and daily exercise, the National Stroke Association notes. To read the original article: CLICK HERE
Pedagogy Offers 2 Stroke Continuing Education Courses Online

Both courses would be excellent for all healthcare providers, and assist hospitals seeking both initial and renewal of primary stroke center certification.

In 2003, The Joint Commission launched its Primary Stroke Center Certification Program. As of January, 2011, there are more than 800 certified primary stroke centers. The designation signifies that the hospitals meet requirements to provide emergency diagnostic and therapeutic services by a multidisciplinary team 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients with symptoms of acute stroke. Eight hours of annual stroke specific continuing education is REQUIRED for the staff who comprise the CORE stroke team. Additionally, at least 80% of the Emergency Department staff is required to have knowledge of the stroke pathophysiology, presentation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment including thrombolytic therapy. Finally, Nurses on non-stroke units, where stroke patients are not routinely cared for, and ancillary staff should receive education related to recognition of stroke signs and symptoms and activation of the organization’s emergency response processes.

Stroke: An Introduction
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Identify signs and symptoms of a stroke, and appropriate emergency treatment Differentiate the difference between a stroke and a transient ischemic attack (T.I.A.)
  2. Describe the differences between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for stroke
  3. Explain how lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of stroke
  4. Calculate the appropriate dose of t-PA for treatment of ischemic stroke
  5. List the appropriate members of a (stroke) rehabilitation team
  6. Discuss the N.I.H. stroke scale and its use in evaluation of stroke severity
  7. Describe measures to decrease the risk of a recurrent stroke (“secondary prevention”)

Stroke Management: Advanced
  1. Identify signs and symptoms of a stroke, and appropriate emergency treatment 
  2. Differentiate the difference between a stroke and a transient ischemic attack (T.I.A.) 
  3. Calculate the appropriate dose of t-PA for treatment of ischemic stroke 
  4. Identify the risks and benefits of t-PA administration 
  5. List the appropriate members of a (stroke) rehabilitation team 
  6. Discuss the N.I.H. stroke scale and its use in evaluation of stroke severity 
  7. Describe measures to decrease the risk of a recurrent stroke (“secondary prevention”)
  8. Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the brain and cerebral arteries.
  9. Define the penumbra in relation to acute stroke care 
  10. Describe the care for the acute stroke patient during a hospital stay 
  11. Describe emergency interventions for a patient diagnosed with an acute stroke.

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