Sunday April 5, 2020

Stroke victims miss out on clot-busting drug

Use by hospitals of a treatment that can lessen the impact of a stroke varies widely across the country

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

1st March, 2015
A stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain

Until the 1990s, there was little doctors could do with a stroke patient. For many doctors, a stroke felt like a frustrating fait accompli. There was little by way of treatment, which was restricted to basic life support. The odds of survival were a matter of chance.

Then, a clot-busting drug treatment arrived. Called thrombolysis, this treatment has quite literally revolutionised care for patients with stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain. But...

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