A Brief Note On Ischemic Stroke Patients Get Blot Busting Treatment

1351 Words Jul 11th, 2015 6 Pages
The article, “Few US stroke patients get blot-busting treatment”, written by Lisa Rapaport, discusses the probability of ischemic stroke patients to receive a specific treatment called thrombolysis. Thrombolysis is a type of therapy that helps dissolve blood clots, in this case, blood clots in the brain that causes stroke. According to the article, those who receive this treatment have fewer post-stroke problems. In order to receive this treatment and have it be successful, patients must arrive at a hospital with the proper tools to provide the therapy within four and a half hours of showing symptoms of stroke. Many patients, however, do not arrive at the hospital soon enough because they are unaware of the symptoms of stroke. On the other hand, some patients arrive to a hospital on time, but they are unable to receive thrombolysis because their hospital do not carry the right tools. Hospitals that do have the right tools are typically found where there is a higher proportion of college graduates. In a research study conducted from 2007 to 2010 by James Bruke, a neurologist, and his colleagues, they found that patients who received thrombolysis were about 78 years old, mostly white, and had other health issues such as heart problems or diabetes. Of the 844,241 people they studied, they found that only about four percent of them was actually able to undergo this treatment. The chances of patients obtaining thrombolysis depend on where they are geographically located. For…
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