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Date:6/2/2011

rking correctly," she explained.

When the drug is administered in the right patient, it can work wonders. "Ideally, the person's stroke symptoms are minimal to none three months after the stroke," Katzan said.

Dr. Roger Bonomo, director of stroke care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said that although there is room for improvement, "it's good news that tPA is being used more."

But obstacles remain. "We need to get people to come to the hospital sooner rather than waiting a while to see if the stroke symptoms get better on their own," he said.

More information

Find out about stroke's warning signs at the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Opeolu Adeoye, M.D., assistant professor, emergency medicine and neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati; Irene Katzan, M.D., director, Primary Stroke Center, Cleveland Clinic; Roger Bonomo, M.D., director, stroke care, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; June 2, 2011, Stroke


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