Stroke patients are a category of cases that often give the paramedics difficulties in saving them when they appear the the place of the accident or where they suffer this kind of atrocity. As a result, a new study has been made in order to find a good solution for this issue. An immediate drug is needed for them to be saved as soon as possible. It is very important that this kind of cure is found and used by the paramedics before they arrive at the hospital with the patients. Dr. Walter Koroshetz, acting director of the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has made a public statement to alert scientists about the critical need of this solution.
“Because a blocked blood vessel causes brain damage over minutes to hours, this pre-hospital approach to treatment is sure to be adopted and refined in future clinical research studies.”
The American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference has hosted the presentation of the study, while the Medscape Medical News has published the report. The first attempt that the researchers have made is with magnesium. They tried administering it during a 90 day period to all patients that came suffering from this problem. Even if the intravenous magnesium hasn’t shown any effect whatsoever, the treatment is considered to be safe and feasible. The age of the patients is about 69 years old and over. 42% of them have been female, 78% were white, 13% black, and 8% Asian.
Jeffrey L. Saver, MD, from the University of California Los Angeles has lead the group of authors that have concentrated all their work on the project. He stated that even if no significant result have been registered with the magnesium sulfate in the pre-hospital treatment for strokes, some positive feedbacks have been noticed with this special neuroprotectant.
“The FAST-MAG trial has opened up a new time window for stroke therapeutics. “The ‘golden hour’ — the first 60 minutes after onset when almost all brain tissue is still salvageable — is now a potential treatment window. The challenge now is to find agents that will be effective in this earliest epoch.”
The importance of all findings is great, leaving behind the fact that the results are not considerably positive. This particular approach has pioneered methods for paramedics to test every time they find a case of a stroke. They have been getting more and more involved with ideas and arrangements. Practice does make perfect, so maybe there will be someone who will find the magical solution to this difficult problem.
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