How much time do doctors have to treat a person who has had a stroke?

Reza Jahan, MD
Experts have different opinions on how much time doctors have to treat a person who has had a stroke. In cases where a stroke is caused by a blood clot, a drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) must be given within three to four and a half hours after symptoms begin, in order to dissolve the clot. What experts do agree on, however, is that the sooner treatment can begin, the better the chances of recovery.

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