WHAT IS A CRYPTOGENIC STROKE PATHWAY?A Cryptogenic Stroke Pathway is a consistent approach to a follow-up plan and transition of care for patients with a stroke of unknown source. This implementation guide is intended to extend your acute stroke protocol to include a monitoring plan for cryptogenic stroke patients. It includes monitoring for AF with the best monitoring mechanisms available to optimize outcomes.
Why Establish a Cryptogenic Stroke Pathway?After initial stroke discharge, many patients are not receiving any additional cardiac monitoring. Establishing a monitoring pathway to detect and treat AF can significantly reduce a patient’s risk for another stroke. The ability to identify AF in patients with cryptogenic stroke has profound implications for long-term medical management.
Many cryptogenic stroke patients are lost to follow-up. Pathways for transition of care and follow-up help to ensure these patients receive better care.
A Cryptogenic Stroke Pathway allows all healthcare professionals involved in the continuum to ensure a standard of care. Through this pathway, hospitals can:
- Provide underserved patient population a better risk reduction strategy to prevent a secondary stroke
- Establish cross-functional healthcare professional relationships to ensure integrated care delivery
- Ensure multidisciplinary stroke care involving both neurological and cardiovascular care
- Enhance hospital reputation in providing exemplary stroke care
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