What is the median time from symptom onset of ischemic stroke to emergency department (ED) presentation?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Establishing the time at which the patient was last without stroke symptoms, or last known to be normal, is especially critical when fibrinolytic therapy is an option. Unfortunately, the median time from symptom onset to emergency department (ED) presentation ranges from 4-24 hours in the United States. [1]


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