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atients who could be eligible for t-PA, we are talking about a potential cost savings in excess of $100 million per year," said Michael D. Walker, M.D., Director of the Division of Stroke, Trauma, and Neurodegenerative Disorders at the NINDS.

"The use of t-PA for eligible patients with acute ischemic stroke appears to be a 'win-win' situation, with improved patient outcomes accompanied by a net cost savings to the health care system," said Dr. Fagan.

The NINDS t-PA Stroke Trial, which included more than 600 carefully selected stroke patients and was completed in December 1995, found that those treated with t-PA within the critical 3-hour time window of their initial stroke symptoms were at least 30 percent more likely than untreated patients to recover from their stroke with little or no disability.

"The good news about this study is the benefit it delivers both to the patient and the health care system in terms of long-term quality of life and realized cost savings," said Michael D. Walker, MD, Director of the Division of Stroke, Trauma and Neurodegenerative Disorders at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States, costing the nation more than $40 billion a year, and is the third leading cause of death.

The NINDS is the nation's principal supporter of research on the brain and nervous system and a lead agency for the Congressionally designated Decade of the Brain. The Institute supports and conducts a broad program of basic and clinical neurological investigations and is part of the National Institutes of Health, located in Bethesda, MD.

(1) Fagan, S.C.; Morgenstern, L.B.; Petitta, A.; Ward, R.E.; Tilley, B.C.; Marler, J.R.; Levine, S.R.; Broderick, J.P.; Kwiatkowski, T.G.; Frankel, M.; Brott, T.G.; Walker, M.D.; and the NINDS rt-PA Stroke Study Group. "Cos
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Contact: Margo Warren or Marian Emr
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NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
22-Apr-1998


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