Flashcards in Stroke Deck (45)
which is the most common type of stroke?
haemorrhagic is only 10-20%
TIA - clinical effects will resolve within?
what usually causes a TIA ?
what is hemiparesis ?
most common stroke involves what artery?
do you get pain?
no, there are no pain receptors in the brain itself
strokes most common at which time of day?
absolute contraindications to thrombolysis ?
Active internal bleed
Severe liver disease
which drugs can cause stroke?
cocaine and OTC cold remedies that contain vasoconstrictors
how would you visualise Carotid artery Stenosis?
angiogram of head/neck
80% of TIAs due to?
what is Amaurosis fugax?
sudden loss of vision in one eye, caused by an infarct in the retinal artery(ies). You can sometimes see the obstruction on ophthalmoscopy, which is useful clinically, as the same symptoms is seen in migraine – where the arteries will always appear normal. Thus if a defect is visible, it is highly likely to be the result of a TIA
After TIA, can check brachial artery pressures, A difference of more than 20mmHg between arms suggests
subclavian artery stenosis
which score predicts the likelihood of a further CVA event
follow up investigations after stroke
carotid doppler scan
echo - to check for cardiac emboli source
what is the management of a TIA and when would you commence treatment ?
high dose aspirin
once diagnosis is confirmed – usually after CT has confirmed there is no haemorrhage stroke (if symptoms have resolved then almost certainly has been ischaemic rather than haemorrhagic)
if symptoms resolve within 24 hours, what does this suggest about the nature of event?
its ischaemic, not haemorrhagic
what would clinical picture be from stroke arising from middle cerebral artery?
Limbs usually floppy, and reflexes reduced/absent
Facial weakness (not always)
Hemianopia – visual field defect in which vision is lost in half of the visual field in one/both eyes.
Aphasia – when the dominant hemisphere is affected
Important to ask about left and right handedness!
These symptoms usually develop rapidly, over a period of minutes, or less commonly they can develop over a few hours.
lacunar infarct, where is emboli?
deep arteries of brain
infarctions will show up as what shape on both MRI and CT?
what is the onset of a stroke like
sudden (a few mins)
In stroke, what should be maintained in normal limits?
blood glucose, hydration, oxygen saturation and temperature
should be given as soon as possible if a haemorrhagic stroke has been excluded?
why can children not be given aspirin?
it increases the chance of reyes syndrome
with regards to AF, when should anti coagulation be commenced?
until brain imaging has excluded haemorrhage, and usually not until 14 days have passed from the onset of an ischaemic stroke'
what time frame should thrombolysis only be given in ?
within 4.5 hours
thrombolysis should only be given if wha is excluded?
what drug is given as thrombolysis?
if patient has seizure at onset of stroke, can they get thrombolysis?