Setting direction, advancing knowledge, and communicating best practices to prevent and combat stroke
Representing medical, scientific, advocacy, and government professionals from across the stroke continuum, the Brain Attack Coalition (BAC) is dedicated to setting direction, advancing knowledge, and communicating best practices to improve our ability to prevent and combat stroke. Learn more about the BAC.
The clinical scales in this section are used to evaluate a stroke patient after an acute stroke.
Measures stroke patient performance on activities of daily living
Determines degree of stroke patient recovery
Classifies severity of subarachnoid hemorrhages
Measures degree of disability or dependence
Measures degree of handicap
Estimates risk of future stroke in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation
Evaluates ischemic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation
Evaluates the risk of major bleeding with anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation
Compares backfilling arteries to similar arteries in the unaffected hemisphere
Predicts short-term stroke risk after a TIA
Estimates mortality after intracerebral hemorrhage based on age and CT findings
The stroke scales in this section are used by EMTs to evaluate stroke patients or to estimate the severity of potential strokes.
Evaluates potential strokes in prehospital settings based on three signs
Expands the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale
Evaluates strokes in prehospital settings
An expanded version of the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale to diagnose potential strokes in prehospital settings
View publications authored by the Brain Attack Coalition and its members.
Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers. Stroke. 2011;42(9):2651-65.
Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers: A Consensus Statement From the Brain Attack Coalition. Stroke. 2005;36(7):1597-616.
Formation and Function of Acute Stroke-Ready Hospitals Within a Stroke System of Care. Recommendations From the Brain Attack Coalition. Stroke. 2013; 44(12):3382-93.
A fact sheet summarizing the BAC’s 2011 recommendations for primary stroke centers
JAMA Article Abstract, June 2000
A list of stroke symptoms used to teach the public to recognize a stroke and take appropriate action
Find useful information and
resources for health care professionals from members of the Brain Attack Coalition.
The Know Stroke campaign educates the public about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital quickly
Resources on ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, TIA, and recurrent stroke
Materials and resources to help educate patients and the community about stroke and F.A.S.T.
Patient information on stroke and other neurosurgical conditions and diseases from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Statistics and maps, publications, and educational materials on stroke from CDC
Stroke focused data standards developed for clinical research by NINDS and other Federal agencies
Publicly and privately supported clinical studies on stroke
A toolkit developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs with resources to help improve stroke care