Time of the essence when it comes to stroke - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/18/09

Time of the essence when it comes to stroke

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - They call it the "golden hour"- the first 60-minutes after stroke symptoms begin.  A new study shows that patients who get to the hospital within this time are more likely to get the treatment they need.  Researchers at UCLA's Stroke Center looked at the outcomes of over 100,000 stroke patients treated in U.S. hospitals.  Twenty-seven percent of those who arrived within the golden hour were treated with a vital clot-busting drug called TPA.  About 13% percent of people who arrived between one and three hours after their symptoms began got the drug.

Since time is of the essence when treating stroke, the study also wanted to see how often patients made it to the hospital within the golden hour.  Over a quarter of the patients did indeed meet the hour deadline, but more than 70% did not, leaving them more vulnerable to additional brain damage and disability.

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