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Stroke by the Numbers

The particulars of treating stroke with the drug TPA.

By Cathryn Delude // Fall 2005
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Average delay in stroke treatment, in hours

2-3
Percentage of stroke victims who receive TPA treatment

30-40
Percentage of stroke patients who could benefit from TPA treatment if received in time

1 in 15
Number of patients who suffer serious brain hemorrhage from TPA treatment, even if TPA is used according to strict guidelines

40
Percentage of emergency physicians who say they are unlikely to give stroke patients TPA, even in an ideal setting. Most cited fear of causing brain hemorrhage

50
Percentage of neurologists in the U.S. who treat acute stroke patients with intravenous TPA

34.7
Percentage of doctors who deviate from treatment guidelines when administering TPA

2,000
Cost, in dollars, of a TPA treatment

148
Number of U.S. primary stroke centers designated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

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