Show: July 8, 2012:
- Is extended treatment timeframe following strokes sound science?
- Are anthrax kits beneficial to the public?
- How important is fiber for adolescents?
- How reliable are statins in the fight against heart disease?
- Are statins responsible for fatigue?
- Are parents happier than non-parents?
- Do fish oil supplements boost heart health?
- Can corporate wellness programs improve employee health?
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Is extended treatment timeframe following strokes sound science?
Interview: Gregory del Zoppo, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Tissue plasminogen activator, otherwise known as tPA, has been critical in dissolving blood clots in stroke patients. Current recommendations dictate that this powerful drug should be administered within three hours, but new studies suggest tPA is still beneficial within a six-hour time frame. Gregory del Zoppo, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, discusses the implications of this study for stroke patients and the history of tPA.