2018 AHA/ASA Revised Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Stroke

Learn more about recent revisions to the AHA/ASA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Stroke.

Target Audience

Adult and Pediatric Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Stroke Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, Diagnostic Radiologists, Critical Care Physicians, Neurointensivists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Family Physicians, General Internists, Rehabilitation and Pain Management Specialists, Clinical Pharmacists, as well as other specialists interested in the field of neuroscience.

Learning Objectives

  • Implement key updates from the 2018 AHA/ASA Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke.
  • Explain the current “frontiers” in acute ischemic stroke treatment.
  • Identify patients with acute ischemic stroke who are eligible for IV tPA and endovascular treatment.
Additional information
  • Powers, W. J., Rabinstein, A. A., Ackerson, T., Adeoye, O. M., Bambakidis, N. C., Becker, K., ... & Jauch, E. C. (2018). 2018 guidelines for the early management of patients with acute ischemic stroke: a guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, 49(3), e46-e99.
  • Khatri, P., Kleindorfer, D. O., Devlin, T., Sawyer, R. N., Starr, M., Mejilla, J., ... & Romano, J. G. (2018). Effect of alteplase vs aspirin on functional outcome for patients with acute ischemic stroke and minor nondisabling neurologic deficits: the PRISMS randomized clinical trial. Jama, 320(2), 156-166.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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Felipe de los Rios, M.D.
Medical Director, Baptist Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center &
Baptist Health South Florida Stroke Program
Voluntary Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology &
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine


Kevin Abrams, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant and shareholder with Keystone Heart.

Guilherme Dabus, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant for Microvention/Terumo, Medtronic, Penumbra and Cerenovus, and on the speakers bureau for Microvention/Terumo, Medtronic and Penumbra. He is a proctor for Medtronic. Dr. Dabus is also a shareholder with Surpass Medical/Stryker, Medina/Medtronic, InNeuro Co and Three Rivers Medical.

Daniel D’Amour, M.D., Felipe De Los Rios, M.D., Karel Fuentes, M.D., Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., Ph.D., Kunal Patel, M.S., Amy K. Starosciak, Ph.D., and Jayme Strauss, R.N., MSN, indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., indicated that he is on speakers bureau for Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. He receives grant support for Medtronic International, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Glaxo-SmithKline and St. Jude Medical, Inc. Dr. Gallo serves as a consultant for Cyberonics, Teva Pharmaceuticals, St. Jude Medical, ONS Inc. and Sugimon LLC.

Italo Linfante, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant for Medtronic, Stryker and Penumbra. He is a stockholder with InNeuro Co.

Alberto Pinzon-Ardila, M.D., indicated that he is on the speakers bureau for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and UCB.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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