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Ultra-Early Thrombolysis Proves Beneficial for Stroke Treatment

NPR’s “shots” blog reports that a new study shows that the faster a patient receive intravenous thrombolysis for a stroke, the less brain damage they suffer. The study revealed that “people treated with a clotbusting drug [such as alteplase] within 90 minutes of having symptoms of a stroke had excellent recoveries, with less lasting disability.” Researchers examined stroke records of 6,856 people. Those with “moderate strokes got the most benefit” from fast treatment. Researchers say that the Food and Drug Administration approval for use of clotbusting drugs within three hours of symptoms is “never good enough.”

Read the article published by NPR’s “shots” blog.

Read the study published in Stroke.