MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine neurologist José Biller, MD, is a co-author of new national guidelines for treating stroke patients during the critical first hours after a stroke.
- More stroke patients now will be able to benefit from a clot-busting drug called alteplase, when administered during the first 4½ hours of the onset of a stroke.
- In certain patients, mechanically removing blood clots to restore blood flow in the brain can be effective for up to 24 hours after the stroke's onset. In previous guidelines, the treatment window was six hours.
F – Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A – Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or are they hard to understand?
T – Time to call 911. If the person shows any if these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and bring them to the hospital immediately.
Loyola is among an elite group of hospitals nationwide to be certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center. For nine years in a row, Loyola has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Loyola's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.