When a stroke happens, you’re working against the clock in more ways than one. Did you know one of the most commonly-used stroke medications is only effective when it’s administered early enough?

“If you’re a patient experiencing symptoms of acute onset of slurred speech and/or one sided numbness/weakness, you must act F.A.S.T.:
Face, arm/leg weakness, sensory and time!
Call 911 and seek evaluation at the nearest primary stroke certified center. Primary stroke centers are equipped with providing the most up to date care possible. Whether it be clot busting medication like TNK or clot retrieval.

Allow Mercy’s stroke team to individualize treatment based on your symptoms and time of arrival. If you present to the hospital within 3 to 4.5 hours of stroke symptom onset, you may be a candidate for the best therapies available for an acute stroke.

The key is to spread awareness that will lead to prevention, treatment, and improve your quality of life. Remember, having a stroke doesn’t mean it’s an end, it can be a beginning to a better and newly improved quality of life where risk factor control is key! Approximately 800k individuals per year suffer from symptoms that lead to stroke. There are steps you can take to prevent or decrease the risk of having a stroke. Talk to your healthcare provider or neurologist on how to recognize symptoms and get evaluated.

Asfa Y Shad, DO

Neurology, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Many people know a swift response can be life-saving if you or someone nearby is having a stroke. If you notice signs or symptoms of a stroke (the acronym BE FAST can help you remember), call 911 immediately.

Not only do stroke symptoms require a timely response, but stroke treatment does too!

Why Is TNK Time-sensitive?

TNK (Tenecteplase) is known as the “clot-busting” drug. As the name suggests, when used effectively, TNK is able to dissolve a blood clot that may be causing a stroke. Having a stroke due to a clot, or blockage in a vessel carrying blood to the brain, is the most common type of stroke.

The more time passes after onset of stroke symptoms, the more risks there are to using a clot-busting medication like TNK. In some cases, TNK administered too late was seen to cause a brain bleed. This would put the patient in additional harm’s way.

Clot-busting medications like TNK have truly revolutionized stroke treatment. However, these substances are only as good as an individual’s response time to stroke symptoms. Time is brain. If you think you or someone you love may be having a stroke, seek medical help immediately. 

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To Find a Neurologist Near You Call (716) 706-2112