Silver Book Fact

Ischemic stroke patients treated with t-PA (a drug used to treat blood clots) within 3 hours of onset are 33% more likely to be free of disability 3 months after treatment.

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

Related Facts

  • Increased use of non-acute medications in primary and secondary prevention explains about 1/3 of the total reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality since 1950.  
  • The age-adjusted stroke mortality rate has decreased 70% since 1950, and 64% since 1972.  
  • Assuming that Medicare Part D covers about 37% of beneficiaries’ drug costs, it is estimated that providing post-myocardial infarction Medicare beneficiaries with full coverage for combination pharmcotherapy will save more…  
  • Between 1980 and 2000, stroke mortality rates fell from 96.2 to 60.8 per 100,000 persons.  
  • Cost-effectiveness of SAVR
    The cost-effectiveness ratio for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), compared to no surgery, was estimated at $13,528 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) (~$17,225 in 2017 dollars).