Description & Objectives

Description & Objectives

Target Audience

This conference is targeted towards neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals who are closely involved in the management of patients with cerebrovascular disease and has a specific focus on comprehensive stroke.

Needs Statement

Health-care providers today are faced with a rapidly growing population of patients with both acute and chronic cerebrovascular disease. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke in the United States. On average, every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke in the United States. Clinicians may not be aware of all of the factors in the development of stroke and the complications of stroke presentation and management.

With the rapid advancements in the management of cerebrovascular disease, clinicians and hospitals need to quickly adapt their practices. This meeting provides information that will give providers updated data to apply in their practices. Participants will be presented with the latest findings in stroke care, including endovascular treatments, trends in neurocritical care, analysis of complex case studies and cognitive deficits resulting from stroke. Various treatment options will be explored and case discussions will be used to help determine which option is best for each case.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss recently completed and ongoing clinical trials in acute stroke and review experimental ways to amplify thrombolysis
  • Review presentations and etiologies of stroke in young patients
  • Differentiate how and why stroke differs in women and review how to manage stroke in women
  • Describe the role of the telepresenter, review how telestroke and teleneurology work with regard to reimbursements and discuss the differences between telestroke consultations and comprehensive teleneurology consultations
  • Outline clinical and radiographic indications for acute stroke intervention, outline technical approaches for clot retrieval and describe complications of acute intervention and their treatment
  • Discuss the TPA protocol in the setting of acute ischemic stroke in the ICU and decide if it is ever reasonable to deviate from this protocol, review the management of malignant cerebral edema in the setting of acute ischemic stroke in the ICU and discuss who is appropriate for decompressive craniotomy
  • Review medical complications of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage and discuss updates in current management of vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Recognize the increasing burden of intracranial hemorrhage, review the causes of intracranial hemorrhage and describe methods for secondary and primary prevention of intracranial hemorrhage
  • Compare current medical and surgical management of intracerebral hemorrhage, discuss current and ongoing clinical trials in the surgical management of intracerebral hemorrhage and investigate potential future interventions for intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Describe neuroimaging models of identifying tissue at risk in acute stroke, review clinical applications of CT/MR perfusion in acute stroke patient selection and review ongoing clinical trials and research models using neuroimaging in acute stroke treatment patient selection
  • Identify current antithrombotic strategies for carotid dissections, discuss how management of intracranial and extra cranial carotid dissections may differ and review current indications for medical management versus endovascular interventions of carotid dissections
  • Outline multi-modality evaluation of acute stroke, explain differential diagnostic algorithms and review case-based problem solving
  • Discuss the purpose of flow diversion and describe the design and purpose of stent-triever technology
  • Review the frequency and underlying causes of familial aneurysms, outline the latest information regarding genetic causes of aneurysms and review management of familial aneurysms
  • Describe techniques for carotid endarterectomy dissection and explain potential outcomes
  • Discuss stent placement and how stroke devices work, describe the purpose of the guiding catheter and review the balance between material stiffness and compliance when stenting
  • Review the basic surgical principals involved in aneurysm clipping and which patients may be suitable for surgery and list the risks and benefits of surgical clipping versus endovascular treatment of aneurysms
  • Outline the underlying basis of atherosclerosis, discuss the clinical tools for detection of early and advanced atherosclerosis disease and review strategies to prevent progression of atherosclerosis disease
  • Discuss what algorithms work and review adherence to regimen
  • List typical neurocognitive deficits in cerebrovascular disease, discuss the scientific basis, process and outcomes of neuropsychological evaluation and review how the evaluation of neurocognition deficits guides diagnosis and treatment
  • Describe the classification and prognosis of different types of aphasia; describe the often non-obvious, but potentially serious, safety issues in non-dominant parietal stroke and review the role and changeable nature of the rehabilitation team in stroke recovery
  • Explain how to generate 3D ultrasound images of the carotid arteries, analyze carotid plaques in 3D and evaluate the progression and regression of carotid atherosclerosis
  • Outline multi-modality evaluation of acute stroke and review case-based problem solving

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May 9-10, 2013
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May 9
7:15 a.m.-7 p.m.

May 10
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 Swedish Education & 
Conference Center
Swedish/Cherry Hill
Seattle Science Foundation


Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.