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More than 80 percent of people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital able to treat acute stroke but only 4 percent get recommended treatment in the key hours after stroke.
Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.
Of the more than 370,000 Medicare stroke claims for 2011 that researchers examined:
- Only 4 percent received tPA, a drug that can reduce disability if given intravenously within three to four hours after the first stroke symptoms.
- Only 0.5 percent had endovascular therapy to reopen clogged arteries.