Strokes, or brain attacks killed more than 130,000 Americans last year and debilitate hundreds of people each day. An individual only has a few short hours to rush to the hospital, receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive treatment to remove a debilitating clot before permanent brain damage occurs. The best results are for those who arrive within 90 minutes of the onset of stroke symptoms. Some later arriving patients may benefit by treatment but the focus should always be on fostering earlier presentations and treatment.
Archive for June, 2010
Today there are more than 640 primary stroke centers certified by The Joint Commission in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the population (250 million residents) lives within an hours drive of a stroke center and nearly 211 million residents lives within a 30-minute drive. To find a primary stroke center in your area visit click on United States in the Certified Stroke Center box on our home page at www.strokeinfo.org