Intravenous injection of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This injection of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), also called alteplase, is considered the gold standard treatment for ischemic stroke. An injection of tPA is usually given through a vein in the arm. This potent clot-busting drug ideally is given within three hours. In some instances, tPA can be given up to 4.5 hours after stroke symptoms begin.
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SeniorCare Inc. was founded in 1972, and has evolved into a multi-faceted non-profit organization that now provides consumers with a one stop portal for elder and disability services and information. We provide assistance through many avenues: Meals on Wheels, the Massachusetts Home Care program, and other supportive services. We also have evidence-based wellness programs and volunteer services.
When a patient comes into the emergency department at any Forrest Health hospital with the symptoms of an acute ischemic stroke, a computer with an advanced webcam will be brought to the bedside where the clinical team will connect with a neurologist on call at Ochsner. The neurologist, patient and clinical team can see and speak to each other throughout the consult. The physician will examine the patient and review the CAT scan of the patient’s head, providing guidance on advanced treatments within minutes.
Suffering from a stroke can lead to a wide range of serious and possibly life-threatening repercussions, so if anyone in your family is affected by this condition, you should take immediate action. With only a small percentage of patients ever fully recovering from a stroke, rehabilitative measures have become an important step in post-stroke patient care. The success of these measures depends to a large extent on the experience and training of the medical team, so you may want to consider one or more of the following elite stroke rehabilitation centers.
The Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program was developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help healthcare professionals align stroke care with the most up-to-date scientific treatment guidelines. Stroke treatment guidelines include aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards.
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