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Earlier Stroke Treatment Saves Lives

By  , everydayHealth
Jun 19, 2013
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A new study suggested that earlier you get treated for a stroke; the better your chances are for survival. In case you have a stroke, rushing to the hospital quickly may save your life, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It has been observed by the researchers that the sooner stroke victims received treatment; the more are the chances of their survival and to resume a normal.

The researchers, led by Jeffrey L. Saver, M.D., of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, wrote in the study that early thrombolytic treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke is associated with fast recovery. This will also reduce the mortality rate and chances of getting symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage.

Examining the reports of 58,353 patients with stroke between 2003 and 2012, researchers found that it took an average of 144 minutes for stroke patients to reach hospital for the treatment. Stroke patients who received treatment within first 90 minutes had 26 percent more chances of survival and 51 percent could even walk on their own after being discharged. Researches also said that if people could recognize the symptoms of a stroke and get help quickly, that will help them to avoid complications.

In the study, it has been written that these findings will emphasize the importance of worldwide efforts to shorten treatment times for acute ischemic stroke. The researchers also stated that several efforts have been made by various medical associations to improve public knowledge of warning signs of a potential stroke in progress and readiness to activate the emergency medical system soon after onset including public service and paid media advertising.


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