Assessments to consider when diagnosing acute ischemic stroke

Consider key assessment points for patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS)

Patient History:

Recommended Diagnostic Tests:

Assessing Stroke Severity Beyond the NIHSS:

Conducting an Individual Disability Assessment:


  • More than 1 in 7 ischemic strokes may be misdiagnosed 7,8
  • 37% of posterior strokes were initially misdiagnosed, compared with 16% of anterior strokes 7

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