Stroke Patients Arriving to ER by Ambulance Treated Differently Than Walk-ins

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Stroke Treatment

Stroke patients arriving to the emergency room (ER) by ambulance receive the care they need sooner than those arriving by other means, according to research presented today at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2006.

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Nationally, only about half of stroke patients arrive at the nation's ERs by ambulance, said the lead author of one the studies, Yousef M. Mohammad, M.D., M.Sc.

Ischemic strokes, which are caused by a blood clot lodged in an artery feeding part of the brain, can be treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).

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