Clot-dissolving drug key to stroke treatment

Treating stroke sufferers with a blood clot dissolving drug within three hours of the stroke leads to a better and faster recovery.

Researchers at The University of Sydney treated 6700 stroke patients with the drug alteplase, and found that those who were treated within three hours had a 75% better recovery outcome.

The benefits of the drug rapidly declined after three hours.

The findings suggest that the drug could be used as an effective emergency treatment.

Strokes can result in paralysis, speech impairment, coma and the loss of memory and reasoning ability.

Read more at The University of Sydney