HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Wake Up To Stroke -- Night Strokes Linked To Long Delays In Care

f health environments, the researchers studied patients in the Carolinas, where death rates from stroke are twice the national average, and in Colorado, where stroke death rates are much lower.

Researchers found that one-third of patients noticed stroke symptoms upon awakening. When the onset of stroke occurred between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., up to 11 hours passed before the patient arrived at the hospital. Individuals whose symptoms occurred between noon and 4 p.m. delayed arriving at the hospital by only 2.5 hours. The median time of arrival at the hospital was 5.5 hours for those who awoke with symptoms, compared to 2.5 hours for those whose symptoms first appeared while awake.

Regardless of when the stroke occurred, more than one-half of all patients took more than four hours after the onset of symptoms to arrive at the hospital.

"Clot-busting drugs must be given within three hours of the onset of symptoms to be effective at all," says Rosamond. "Fifty percent don't even get to the hospital within four hours. Then you must add in the time it takes for evaluation and diagnostic tests, like a computer tomography scan, to allow physicians to determine if the stroke should be treated with a clot-buster. Strokes caused by bleeding in the brain -- hemorrhagic strokes -- are not treated with clot busters, because the drugs can increase the bleeding which can lead to death.

"A substantial proportion of patients are asleep when the symptoms occur," says Rosamond. "When that happens, their delay time in getting to the hospital is much longer, since the last time they were known to be symptom free might have been when they went to bed, making identification of the exact time of onset difficult. We need to find a way for people to understand stroke symptoms and treat them as a dire emergency so they will get to the hospital sooner, and we need to find new ways to improve care for the one-third of patients who awaken with symptoms of stroke."

For thos
'"/>

Contact: Carole Bullock
caroleb@heart.org
214-706-1279
American Heart Association
25-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Stroke awareness low among women, especially minorities
2. Stroke warning signs often occur hours or days before attack
3. Canadian neurologist wins highest award as American Stroke Association honors five
4. Stroke patients receive better care when hospitals get with the guidelines
5. Strokes: Dental x-rays reveal more than cavities
6. Stroke treatment window stays open longer than thought, say Stanford researchers
7. Stroke news tips for Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004
8. Stroke news tips for Friday, Feb. 6, 2004
9. Stroke news tips for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004
10. American Stroke Associations 29th International Stroke Conference
11. Stroke may increase risk of Alzheimer disease

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/17/2019)... ... , ... Becker's Healthcare is pleased to recognize the following ... women included on this list lead organizations regularly recognized for patient safety and ... the construction of satellite clinics and strategic partnerships with local healthcare organizations. These ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... 2019 , ... This past Saturday, Monarch Dental® hosted a luau-themed ... 50 underserved patients were welcomed at the Mesquite office to receive free cleanings ... Individuals were referred to the event through local nonprofit organizations such as Minnie’s ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... ... A medical home care program found that having a single accessible point person ... While this may not sound surprising, a recent two year medical home pilot study ... uncovered several surprising outcomes based on a simple formatted healthcare delivery system. , ...
(Date:7/13/2019)... ... July 13, 2019 , ... ZALO , the leading ... innovative rechargeable vibrator and clitoral massager. To view the product and its accompanying video ... and most advanced, personal massagers to people around the world,” said Mara Epstein, director ...
(Date:7/13/2019)... ... July 12, 2019 , ... China Focus @ ... , sponsored by Hangzhou Investment Promotion Bureau, Fox Rothschild LLP, MORE Health and ... conference attracted Fosun Pharmaceuticals, WuXi Biologics, Kelun Pharmaceutical, Harbin Pharmaceuticals, Fountain Medical, Luye ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... ... MDA for their fourth annual national “Be Their Muscle” philanthropic event, and seventh ... lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... Gwinnett Family Dental ... and trusted provider of complete dental care, including general and preventative care as well ... with a large team of extensively trained dentists, Dr. Kell Gallaher, Dr. Jon Klevansky, ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... Cognition Corporation , ... a new e-book on developing user needs for life science products. ... a small part of the compliance process and the guiding force for product ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: