Posterior Circulation Stroke Update

This course provides learners with strategies to identify and diagnose posterior circulation stroke, with an emphasis on basilar artery occlusion; and highlights the Baptist Health Stroke Pathways available on our electronic medical record. 

Samaritan Physicians: Successful completion of this activity will qualify Samaritan physicians for annual policy discounts. Upon completion, please print your certificate and submit to Samaritan for consideration.

Target Audience

Emergency department physicians, hospitalists, neurologists, nurse practitioners (general), physician assistants and members of code rescue teams.  

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the presenting signs and symptoms of patients with posterior circulation acute ischemic stroke. 
  • Identify the clinical scenarios in which basilar artery occlusion should be suspected. 
  • Apply the appropriate Baptist Health stroke pathway for the  patient with suspected posterior circulation acute ischemic stroke. 
Additional information
  • Saber Tehrani, A. S., Kattah, J. C., Kerber, K. A., Gold, D. R., Zee, D. S., Urrutia, V. C., & Newman-Toker, D. E. (2018). Diagnosing stroke in acute dizziness and vertigo: pitfalls and pearls. Stroke, 49(3), 788-795.
  • Ferbert, A., Brückmann, H., & Drummen, R. (1990). Clinical features of proven basilar artery occlusion. Stroke, 21(8), 1135-1142.
  • Searls, D. E., Pazdera, L., Korbel, E., Vysata, O., & Caplan, L. R. (2012). Symptoms and signs of posterior circulation ischemia in the new England medical center posterior circulation registry. Archives of neurology, 69(3), 346-351.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Felipe De Los Rios, M.D., FAHA
Medical Director, Baptist Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center &
Miami Neuroscience Institute Stroke Network 
Voluntary Associate Professor of Neurology
University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Felipe De Los Rios, M.D., faculty and conference director for this educational activity, is a member of the speakers' bureau for AstraZeneca and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.

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

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
Please login or register for a Baptist Health CME account to take this course.

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