Study: Time Matters in Treatment of Stroke Victims
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local neurologist says new studies confirm the importance of getting treatment for stroke victims sooner than later.
Two studies observed how improvements in the ER and specially equipped ambulances could cut the critical time window by 10 minutes when giving clot-busting medication, known as tissue plasminogen activators (tPA), to quickly restore blood flow to the brain.
tPA can be used to treat people who are having a stroke in result of a blood clot. The activator dissolves the clot, but does not decrease the chance of having another stroke in the future. It works best when given right after symptoms occur.
Dr. Eli Feen of St. Louis University Hospital says that one of the studies looked at a quicker turnaround on CT scans and lab tests and improved ER access to intravenous tPA.
“The biggest impediment still today, even with these studies, that neurologists have in getting stroke victims treated effectively and acutely is the patient has to get to the hospital or get to medical attentional in a timely manner,” says Feen.
Feen says that the time window to get tPA is between three and four and a half hours. He wants to see treatments given within an hour of arrival.
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