Sumary of Rural residents, American Indians travel farthest for certified stroke care:
- The distance a stroke patient must travel to receive care at a certified stroke center differs by race, age, income and insurance status, with the largest disparities found among rural residents and American Indians, according to a combined analysis of U.S..
- census data and road maps published today in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association..
- Treatment for ischemic stroke, a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain, restores blood flow to the brain..
- Blood flow may be reestablished by administering intravenous clot-busting medication within 4.5 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms and ideally within one hour after hospital arrival..
- All certified stroke centers offer treatment with clot-busting medication as well as being staffed by medical professionals trained in stroke care and employ other measures to improve stroke care ..
- “Every day, those of us who treat stroke face the reality that our desire to help everyone competes with the fact that millions of Americans cannot reach us in time,”.
- said senior study author Akash Kansagra, M.D., M.S., associate professor of radiology, neurological surgery and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St..
- The question we wanted to address was whether certain Americans have to travel farther than others to receive the expertise that might save them if they have a stroke.”…