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When it comes to strokes, time is of the essence

July 23, 2019 - 2:41 pm
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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When it comes to strokes, time is of the essence. 

Think about this: Every 15 minutes earlier that a patient receives stroke treatment, there is a four percent reduction of stroke symptoms and deaths. 

Additionally, there is a three percent improved chance of returning home and a four percent increase in the likelihood of going walking home from the hospital instead of using a wheelchair. 

Neurologists have known for quite some time that treatment within 4 1/2 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms improves outcomes. The data is supported by work from researchers at UCLA who reviewed records of over 58,000 stroke patients from a national registry involving more than a thousand hospitals.