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Effectiveness of treating ischemic stroke victims with rt-PA within 3 hours of symptom onset

A study of the effectiveness of treating ischemic stroke victims with rt-PA within 3 hours of symptom onset found an estimated impact on long-term health outcomes of 564 quality-adjusted life-years saved per 1,000 patients over 30 years.

Fagan, SC, LB Morgenstern, A Petitta, RE Ward, BC Tilley, JR Marler, SR Levine, JP Broderick, TG Kwiatkowski, M Frankel, TG Brott, and MD Walker; for the NINDS rt-PA Stroke Study Group. Cost- Effectiveness of Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke. Neurology. 1998; 50(4): 883-890. http://www.neurology.org/content/50/4/883.abstract

Reference

Title
Cost- Effectiveness of Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Publication
Neurology
Publication Date
1998
Authors
Fagan, SC, LB Morgenstern, A Petitta, RE Ward, BC Tilley, JR Marler, SR Levine, JP Broderick, TG Kwiatkowski, M Frankel, TG Brott, and MD Walker; for the NINDS rt-PA Stroke Study Group
Volume & Issue
Volume 50, Issue 4
Pages
883-890
URL
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