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Date:11/8/2010

-dissolving drug recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) within an hour of their stroke tend to fare much better three months later.

But not all patients respond to rt-PA, and those patients may be candidates for a different approach that uses rt-PA followed by other clot-busting therapies.

The new findings suggest that using a simple measure of neurological function at a patient's bedside may help decide which patients are benefiting from rt-PA therapy and which ones need additional medical measures, stated the study authors, from Assistance-Publique-Hopitaux in Paris, France.

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The American Heart Association has more on how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack.

SOURCES: Henry H. Ting, M.D., interventional cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Frederick Ling, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Nov. 8, 2010, Archives of Internal Medicine; November 2010, Archives of Neurology


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