Online stroke information

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52, No. 9, November 2010, Pages 472-473 News

Health Education Solutions, an American continuing medical education company, has released a new Stroke Special Section within its online research library, incorporating a series of articles, vignettes, and facts about the American Heart Association’s stroke certification courses. The 10-article special section is free for health care providers, first responders, and individuals who want to be prepared to provide emergency care.
Titles include “Recognizing the Signs of Stroke,” “Trends in Stroke,” “Common Stroke Risk Factors,” “Differentiating Stroke from Mimics,” and “The Seven D’s of Stroke Survival.”

Health Education Solutions provides the cognitive portions of each American Heart Association (AHA) course, including Acute Stroke, Stroke Prehospital Care, and Stroke Hospital-based Care, entirely online. The courses’ web-based, self-paced modules provide a flexible training option for health care providers. Students who follow the online course are re­quir­ed to meet with an AHA instructor to complete a hands-on skills practice session and test.

For more information or to access the online research library, please visit

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