Stroke Victims Don’t Get Timely Diagnosis
When strokes occur, time isِ everything.
A stroke blocks theِ flow ofِ blood toِ theِ brain, soِ asِ time passes, brain cells die.
It alsoِ found thatِ certainِ individuals, including people withِ diabetes, thoseِ overِ 75 years ofِ age, women, thoseِ thatِ didِ not arrive byِ ambulance, non-whites, andِ those withِ certainِ cardiac conditions wereِ lessِ likely toِ receive a timely brain scan.
· They did not arrive at the hospital by ambulance (47 percent less likely);
· Were ofِ non-white race, evenِ though blacks andِ certain otherِ ethnic/racial groups haveِ a higher incidence ofِ stroke; andِ · Had certainِ known risk factors forِ stroke suchِ asِ diabetes, a prior history ofِ stroke, overِ 75 years old, andِ peripheral vascular disease.
In terms ofِ clinical outcomes, theِ study showed thatِ delays inِ diagnostic imaging canِ translate intoِ missed orِ delayed treatment asِ well.
Patients whoِ received brain imaging withinِ theِ recommended 25 minute period wereِ muchِ moreِ likelyِ to receive tPA (63 percent) compared toِ thoseِ notِ meeting thisِ recommendation (38 percent).