A recent article run on Stroke-Law.com reported on a new drug treatment for stroke that might be the difference between a full recovery and lifelong disability or even death.
By: Kyle Colona
However, despite this new treatment, if it is delayed because a stroke is not properly diagnosed the risk of permanent brain injury or death is greater. And delays might be a case of stroke negligence.
StrokeLaw.com founders Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader have secured monetary rewards for stroke victims who were not properly diagnosed.
A t-PA supplement is on way
Currently, the most widely available drug to treat a stroke cause by a blood clot (also known as an “ischemic stroke”) is t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator). But t-PA is most effective when provided within a small window of opportunity – usually 3-4 hours.
Now, new stroke treatment when used in conjunction with t-PA may give stroke victims a bigger window of time to get critical treatment. The article discusses a University of Missouri study of a compound that targets a specific enzyme that affects brain functions.
Further, researchers believe the compound will stop the spread of bleeding while also protecting brain cells from further damage.
Why this matters
This study is important in two ways. First the compound being studied may expand the window of time to treat an ischemic stroke with t-PA.
More important is the possibility that the same compound can stop the spread of bleeding that is most often caused by a hemorrhagic stroke. It is widely known by medical practitioners that ischemic stroke account for about 80% of stroke case and roughly 20% are cause by bleeding in the brain.
Time is Brain
While this study is promising, the mantra time lost is brain lost still holds true. The best way to prevent or treat a stroke is for a doctor or hospital to make a quick diagnosis and to act fast. And failing to do so can be a case of stroke negligence.
Cory Rosenbaum & Robert Fader, are New York attorneys with decades of experience representing victims of medical malpractice including stroke victims and their loved ones. They are available for free consultations.