This treatment, with a drug called t-PA (for tissue plasminogen activator), can help dissolve a brain-damaging clot in thehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif 80 percent of victims who have strokes caused by them. But it must be administered within three hours of a stroke to be effective, and the sooner the better.Medical experts are trying to help people react more quickly by summarizing the warning signs and what to do in an acronym, FAST.
About only one stroke victim in five who could benefit from t-PA receives it, primarily because people don’t realize a stroke is happening and wait too long to get to the hospital.
- Face weakness or numbness, droopy mouth or crooked smile.
- Arm or leg weakness or numbness.
- Speech difficulty in understanding or speaking.
- Time to call 911.