Post-Discharge Care of Stroke Patients

Section Sponsored by: Stroke is defined as an abrupt and dramatic development of a neurological deficit caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Each year close to 800,000 strokes occur in the United States, of these 610,000 new and 185,000 recurrent.1 Advances in care have decreased mortality with stroke now the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.2 While strides have been made in decreasing mortality the morbidity is still high with more than 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. The results of a stroke occur on a spectrum from mild to life changing disability. One study reported that among Medicare patients discharged from the hospital after stroke, about 45% return directly home, 24% are discharged to inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and 31% are discharged to…

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