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Stroke victims die 'unnecessarily'

15th February 2008

Researchers have warned that thousands of stroke victims across the UK die every year because the life-saving drugs they need are not administered quickly enough.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Professor Richard Thomson from the Institute of Health and Safety at Newcastle University and his colleague Helen Rodgers say stroke sufferers are an under-served group of patients. While studies show that treatment with three hours greatly improves chances of survival, in 2006, only 30 NHS trusts across Britain administered the drugs within that time.

 

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