Medicare payments for ischemic stroke treatment and preventive stroke surgery are lagging behind the costs, which may imperil stroke care.
Only half of those eligible are getting the drug that helps reduce disability after stroke.
The key to getting more emergency treatment for stroke patients may lie with children who may call 911 if they see someone having a stroke.
Patients with acute stroke who arrived to the ER by ambulance were more likely to be evaluated by an ER physician sooner, get the necessary testing for stroke and be admitted to the hospital.
Between now and the year 2050, ischemic strokes in Hispanic Americans will cost an estimated $357 billion.