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Women and minorities are less likely to get key stroke treatment, even when they're eligible, study says

Women and minorities are less likely to get key stroke treatment, even when they're eligible, study says

If you’re having an ischemic stroke, it’s crucial that you get to a hospital fast so you can be treated with a clot-busting medicine. And to improve your odds of getting that medicine, it helps to be a white man.

A new analysis of more than 60,000 stroke patients from around the country found that women were less likely than men to receive an infusion of tissue plasminogen activator, the drug that’s considered the gold standard in stroke treatment. The analysis also showed that racial minorities were less likely to get the drug than whites.

The results suggest that “women and minorities may be undertreated” for ischemic strokes, according to a...

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