Telestroke is a two-way audiovisual linkup between a Neurologist with stroke expertise and an Emergency Department Physician. It is an approach to treating vascular strokes that allows a neurologist to provide remote consultation for a stroke patient.
The neurologist is able to talk to the patient and physician about what symptoms they have experienced, evaluate the patient's motor skills, view a computed tomography (CT) scan, make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. When a severe stroke is imminent, a drug known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a protein involved in breaking down blood clots, can be prescribed, and is most effective when administered within 4.5 hours of noticing symptoms.
Signs of a Stroke? Call 911