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It is important to treat a stroke right away because during a stroke brain cells are dying, and if the blood flow to the brain is restored with treatment, the part of the brain that was effected may be able to return to normal. The treatment must be as fast as possible to save as much brain as possible.
Time is critical when treating stroke patients, says Phaniraj Iyengar, MD, a vascular neurologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that certain medications can help, but only for a limited amount of time.
There are treatments that can be given to persons suffering a stroke to limit the amount of damage that occurs. To be useful, these treatments need to be used as soon as possible after the onset of a stroke. Clot busters, such as TPA, need to be started within 3 - 4.5 hours after the onset of a stroke so it is critical that stroke victims seek immediate medical attention.
The sooner you seek treatment for stroke, the better your chances of recovery. Neurologist Raul Guisado, MD, of Regional Medical Center in San Jose, explains why and reveals just how long you have to get to the hospital.
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