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January 6, 1999

Reducing Treatment Delay and Improving Diagnostic Accuracy for Patients With Acute Stroke

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(1):31-34. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-1-jbk0106

To the Editor: Dr Pancioli and colleagues1 report a study on public perception of stroke warning signs and knowledge of risk factors; this is important to decrease the hospital arrival time for effective stroke treatment. The American Heart Association Stroke Council recommends thrombolytic therapy within 180 minutes of symptom onset.2