Not Your Grandpa's Stroke: Recognizing Acute Stroke in the Young Adult

Author(s): Chalifoux Ashley

Contact Hours 1.40

CERP A 1.40

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Stroke in the young accounts for up to 10%-15% of all strokes and recent data suggest an increasing trend in ischemic stroke in this population. Patients under 50 years of age often do not present with classic signs and symptoms of stroke and their neurologic symptoms are usually attributed to other causes due to their young age and lack of comorbid conditions. In this session we discuss some common and not-so-common causes of stroke in the young and describe prevention strategies and acute treatment options.


  • Identify signs and symptoms of acute stroke and variations in the young adult.
  • Describe common and uncommon etiologies of acute stroke in the young adult.
  • Discuss acute treatment options for acute stroke in the young adult.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.40 contact hours.

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