A career in...
A career in stroke medicine
Stroke medicine is a multifaceted specialty that offers opportunities to work in acute settings and help patients in their long term rehabilitation
- By: Simon M Bell, Jon Cooper, Fergus Doubal, Simon Hart, Kirsty Harkness
Stroke medicine is a key subspecialty in any modern hospital, with one in five acute inpatient beds occupied by a stroke patient.1 Stroke patients represent all backgrounds and ages. Although the typical image of a stroke patient is that of an older person, one in four strokes occurs in people of working age (18-65).2
Stroke physicians manage disorders of the brain and spinal cord caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of blood vessels. These disorders include:
In the acute stroke setting, speed is of the essence. The key to improved outcomes for ischaemic stroke patients is to give thrombolysis within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms. This means diagnosing whether a stroke is ischaemic or haemorrhagic and then administering thrombolysis for ischaemic patients as soon as possible after admission—so called “door to needle” time.
As a stroke physician you manage very unwell patients, deal with emergency medical