Stroke Patients May Not Be Able To Consent To Therapy

Stroke Patients May Not Be Able To Consent To Therapy

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When a clot blocks blood flow to the brain, medication given immediately can limit damage. Stroke victims, however, may not be able to communicate their willingness to receive such therapy. I’m Erin White with your latest health news.

Thrombolytics, or medications that can break down clots in blood vessels, can be very effective if given within three hours of first symptoms of an ischemic stroke. To treat a life-threatening emergency, such as a stroke, a health care provider may not be able to get patient consent to administer such therapy. A new investigation, however, found that most adults who are incapacitated by stroke would want to receive thrombolytics, even if they were unable to convey this wish.

Get care immediately at the first sign of a stroke.

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