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Study Looks at Whether Stroke Patients Get Stroke Medicine Quickly

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Minutes count when suffering a stroke.

A new study rates an initiative designed to improve treatment times for stroke patients.

A clot dissolving medication, when given within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, can help restore blood flow to the brain and leave patients with less disability.

However, less than a third of stroke patients in the U–S were getting T–P–A within the 60 minute time window.

"Just prior to the initiative only 29 percent of patients had door–to–needle times within 60 minutes,” says Dr. Gregg Fonarow at UCLA. “After the initiative was put into place this had increased to 53.3 percent."

The study appears in journal of the American Medical Association.