Identifying people at increased risk of stroke following emergency department discharge

Takeaway

  • People with high-probability neurologic symptoms who undergo head computed tomography (CT) but do not have a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke discharge diagnosis, have a higher risk of subsequent stroke.

Why this matters

  • The simple stratification model described here could help identify people at increased risk of stroke and so assist with management and triage strategies in those presenting with neurologic symptoms that are indicative of stroke or TIA.