10/7/2005

While old age often has been considered a reason not to treat some stroke patients with tissue plasminogen activator due to concerns of an increased risk for hemorrhage, new research suggests such patients can indeed benefit from the treatment. A study of 228 patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with tPA found that, while the older patients were less likely to survive or have a favorable outcome than younger patients, there was no evidence of the higher risk of hemorrhage in the patients over age 80.

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