Time to hospital presentation in acute ischaemic stroke

Lisa Mellon
Background: In Ireland, stroke is the third most common cause of death and remains the leading cause of acquired disability, affecting approximately 10,000 people annually. Revascularisation treatment with thrombolysis is associated with reductions in morbidity and mortality, however it must be initiated within 4.5 hours following stroke symptom onset. Despite its proven benefits, thrombolysis therapy is under-utilised in clinical practice with patient delay in presenting to hospital with symptoms identified as the leading barrier to...
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