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Time matters when a person has a stroke. Early treatment can help reduce disability from the stroke.
No matter what type of stroke a person has, early treatment is absolutely important. If a person has medical treatment in the first four hours of symptoms, MetroHealth physicians can administer intravenous medications called tPA clot busters that may minimize damage to the brain.
After four and a half hours, these clot busting medications do not work, according to Jon W. Schrock, MD, a stroke specialist in MetroHealth’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
MetroHealth has a long history of providing the best stroke care possible. In fact, we are the only system in the area to have all of our Emergency Rooms stroke certified.
*Certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest certification possible, and handles the most complex cases.
**Certified as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program/Accreditation Commission for Healthcare.