Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of permanent adult disability. Through patient care, education, research and partnerships, there is much that we can do to prevent stroke and mitigate its effects. Your role in reducing morbidity and mortality from stroke, by helping to prevent stroke, is critically important, as is your role in helping to reduce recurrent strokes and decrease readmission rates. References and links to the most current evidence-based stroke-related practice guidelines are provided below.
The UW Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center at Harborview provides emergency and acute inpatient and rehabilitative care, as well as comprehensive outpatient care. We offer ongoing educational opportunities to both the public and to health professionals. The Stroke Center participates in basic science and clinical research. We invite you to partner with us in the prevention and treatment of this disease.
Expert consultation services are offered to health professionals. Emergent consultation for acute stroke may be obtained through the HMC Transfer Center at 206.744.3597 or 1.888.731.4791. Expert second opinions and assistance in adapting guidelines to complex patients is available by calling the Stroke Clinic at 206.744.9340 for non-emergent patient care issues. For more information, please
see our website or call the Stroke Center at 206.744.3975.
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Scientific Statements
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association published the following scientific statements, available free as downloads. Statements address the continuum of care from primary prevention to rehabilitation and secondary prevention. For complete list of statements, see
AHA/ASA Scientific Statements on Stroke.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Primary prevention of stroke
Transient Ischemic Attack
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services) publishes guidelines on numerous stroke risk factors. Free downloads for pocket reference or At-A-Glance resources are available. See:
NHLBI Current Clinical Practice Guidelines and Reports.
U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/Office of the Surgeon General
The U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of the Surgeon General have published numerous reference materials on treating tobacco use and dependence. Please see:
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association publishes updated Clinical Practice Recommendations annually, available as a free download.
HealthierUS initiative is a national effort to improve people's lives, prevent and reduce the costs of disease, and promote community health and wellness. It is a patient-oriented resource for health information made available by the Office of the President and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Drug and alcohol are additional risk factors for stroke. Stimulants are particularly dangerous.
Webinars, Lectures and Conferences
Stroke Lecture Series offered by the UW Medicine Stroke Center
Members of the professional health community are invited to attend these once-monthly lectures live at Harborview, join us via internet connection, or view recordings of prior presentations online.
National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association has a variety of resources for healthcare professionals, including recorded webcasts on a diversity of stroke-related topics.
Washington Stroke Forum
Washington Stroke Forum website (Washington State Dept of Health) for e-newsletter and regional news.
International Stroke Conference
The International Stroke Conference is an outstanding opportunity to spend several days obtaining advanced knowledge about stroke.