wake-up stroke

Treating ‘Wake-Up’ Strokes: Clot-Busting Drugs May Help

Posted on 02/1/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThey’re called “wake-up strokes” because you go to bed feeling normal, then wake up with stroke symptoms. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for doctors to determine exactly when the stroke began  – and clot-dissolving drugs have been considered effective only if given within 4 1/2 hours of when a stroke started. But preliminary research shows that clot-busting treatments appear to be safe for wake-up strokes if patients can get to the emergency room quickly, according to a new study presented …