New stroke care guidelines emphasize speed

02/1/2013 | HealthDay News

Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke.

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