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    Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 2013; 4(1):71-73
    Clinical Case Reports Based Study | doi:10.1016/j.jcdr.2013.02.015

    Implementing telestroke to reduce the burden of stroke in Louisiana

    Authors:

    Praphul Joshi a,*, Marisa Marino b, Alok Bhoi b, Kenneth Gaines c, Elizabeth Allen c, Julia Mora d

    a University of New England, Center for Community and Public Health, University of New England, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103, USA

    b Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, 28 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, USA

    c Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center, 514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121, USA

    d American Heart Association, 110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160 Metairie, LA, USA

    Abstract:

    Cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases and stroke) are the leading cause of death in the United States. People living in rural areas have disproportionately high mortality rates due to stroke mainly due to lack of specialty services. Timely intervention is a critical factor in determining the prognosis for acute stroke and thousands of lives can be saved by recognizing/treating a stroke patient within an hour. This paper deals with telestroke, a unique intervention implemented in Louisiana that incorporated latest technology to integrate with advanced clinical protocols in treating acute stroke. People living in remote and rural areas of Louisiana were greatly benefited from this initiative and several lives saved as a result of timely intervention. Expanding these initiatives to larger populations and other states will greatly reduce the stroke mortality.

    Key words: Stroke, Telemedicine, Disparities.