Sumary of Study Finds Rural Residents and American Indians Travel Farthest for Stroke Care:
- The distance a stroke patient must travel to reach the nearest certified stroke center differs by race, age, income and insurance status, according to a study that analyzed nationwide U.S..
- Olajide Williams, MD, professor of neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City and American Heart Association volunteer expert, says, “There a mantra in stroke neurology that time is brain:.
- 1.9 million neurons are lost every minute of a stroke, so the longer we delay treating a stroke the more neurons we lose.”.
- Dr. Kansagra and his team, including lead researcher Cathy Yu, a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine, spent a year examining distance disparities..
- This census data surveyed age, race, ethnicity, medical insurance status, income and population density in each census tract from 2014–2018..
- Using regression modeling, the team then examined the relationship between the demographic characteristics of census tracts and the distance to the nearest certified stroke center, or a hospital certified to treat stroke patients..
- Not surprisingly, the study found a significant difference in the distance to the nearest stroke center between rural and urban locations..
- The model found that a theoretical urban census tract with average demographics was located 6.2 kilometers (km) away from the nearest stroke center, while a theoretical rural one was 30.2 km away — a 24 km difference….