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Hyperacute Stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency, in which rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical. The hyperacute phase of stroke generally refer to the first hours of assessment and treatment. All patients with stroke need to be treated on a stroke unit with appropriate expert multidisciplinary staff. Specific hyperacute treatments include thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy for ischaemic stroke, and critical care treatment and neurosurgery for intracerebral haemorrhage.

Acute stroke

After the first day or so, once any emergency treatments are completed, patients with stroke are treated on an acute stroke unit. Here the focus is on establishing an accurate diagnosis, and providing the best quality supportive care from nursing, therapies and other teams including neuropsychology. The aim of acute stroke unit care is to recognize and treat complications quickly, and to maximize early functional recovery.


Transient ischaemic attack is an emergency, with a high risk of future ischaemic stroke. Urgent assessment by a specialist is critical to ensure the best possible outcome.

National clinical guideline for stroke



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