Patients having a stroke not getting to the ER in time

Many stroke victims do not get to ED quickly enough for receiving a clot-busting drug that can reverse some or all of the stroke’s brain damage. HealthDay reports, “While a clot-busting medication can often help stop a stroke in its tracks if it’s given promptly, a new study” that was scheduled to be presented at the American Stroke Association annual meeting “finds that a high number of stroke victims continue to fail to get to the emergency” department (ED) “quickly enough to get the drug.”

Researchers who looked at data on approximately “115,000 patients who had strokes between 2005 and 2010 found that almost 44 percent didn’t get to the hospital until more than 4.5 hours after the time they were known to first show symptoms,” which is “up from 39 percent in 2005.”

Investigators also found that “the percentage who got to the hospital within two hours fell from 40 percent in 2005 to 35 percent in 2010.”

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