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Editorial
April 22/29, 1998

Timely and Appropriate Treatment of Acute StrokeWhat's Missing From This Picture?

JAMA. 1998;279(16):1307-1309. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1307

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults,1 accounting for an estimated $30 billion to $40 billion in direct and indirect costs annually.2 This staggering toll has prompted basic science and clinical researchers to transform the management of acute stroke from supportive therapy to an aggressive interventional strategy designed to actively restore cerebral perfusion and limit neurologic disability.3,4 The success of this strategy, however, depends on several key components, few of which are currently in place.

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