Treat a stroke like heart attack -- act with speed

April 29, 1993|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- Emergency treatment should be summoned fo people with symptoms of a stroke because steps to limit brain damage are most effective within the first six hours after the symptoms begin, medical experts say.

Newer therapies, some standard and others still experimental, have the potential to limit brain damage from strokes if given in that period, making emergency care all the more critical in

preventing death and disability, the National Stroke Association said yesterday.

The experts said the guidelines issued by the association and six other leading neurological association were the first on the immediate care of strokes. They were issued at a meeting of the American Neurological Association in Manhattan.

Symptoms of strokes should be thought of as a brain attack much as the public and doctors think of chest pain as a possible symptom of a heart attack, the experts said.

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