The impact of cardiovascular surgeries on stroke symptom awareness and patient response

Takeaway

  • People with a history of cardiovascular (CV) surgery and a higher prevalence of CV risk factors were not significantly better at identifying stroke onset or calling emergency medical services (EMS), compared to those without CV surgical history.

Why this matters

  • While it is assumed that patients with CV surgery history understand stroke symptoms and appropriate response, the impact of CV interventions on stroke knowledge is unknown.

  • Early treatment intervention after stroke symptom onset is critical to patient outcomes, thus understanding response rates in this group of patients may improve treatment.