Why is immediate treatment so important for a stroke?

Dr. John Terry talks about time and its role in treating a stroke. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript

 

For each a minute a stroke goes untreated, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons, affecting a person’s speech, movement and memory, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon.

Ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, are treated with a clot-dissolving medication called tPA, according to National Institutes of Health. Effective treatment of a stroke can minimize long-term effects, so patients should get to a hospital within 60 minutes of having symptoms, according to the NIH.

For more information about time and its role in treating a stroke, talk to your doctor.

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