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An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is restricted by a blood clot. Symptoms include: Numbness or weakness on one side of the body, facial droop, trouble speaking, and trouble walking. Patients can also display decreased balance, ataxia, flaccidity, spasticity, inattention or neglect, and visual changes. Patients who can identify these symptoms within 3 hours of their onset can be eligible to receive tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). tPA works by dissolving the blood clot to enhance blood flow in the brain which helps decreases the damage caused by the stroke. Patients who receive tPA in the effective window often have less disability from their stroke than their counterparts who did not receive the drug. The purpose of this case report is to display the positive effects of tPA and physical rehabilitation following a stroke in the acute care setting.

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The case report paper for this poster can be found here:


Tissue Plasminogen Activator Effects On Stroke And Physical Therapy Outcomes In Acute Care: A Case Report



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