This case study highlights some important legal and ethical considerations related to advance care planning
A 71‐year‐old man with vascular risk factors including hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia lived at home with his wife and enjoyed reading, listening to music and discussing global issues. Immediately on disembarkation from a long flight, he experienced a sudden reduction in consciousness with accompanying right hemiplegia and neglect. He was diagnosed with a large left middle cerebral artery infarct and underwent thrombolysis. Following the procedure, he was haemodynamically unstable, with further investigation revealing massive pulmonary emboli. He was anticoagulated and his condition stabilised.
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