For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?

A CT scan of a stroke patient. The brain tissue that died from reduced blood flow is in red. Credit Zephyr/Science Source

My mother suffered a series of strokes, so I have seen what happens to someone when the treatment is not administered properly or on time. She had the unfortunate luck to have her first stroke in a small city where the medical care was substandard. Of course, this was back in the 80s, and treatments have certainly changed for the better. But it’s disturbing to me that a doctor would refuse to try a treatment that has been shown to be effective in many patients. I will now check with my doctor to make sure she knows about this.

Read the whole piece in The New York Times.