Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Study Examines Effect of Quickly Delivering Stroke-Stymying Drug

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Study Examines Effect of Quickly Delivering Stroke-Stymying Drug

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B.C. stroke victims added to drug study

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VANCOUVER - Paramedics in Vancouver and Richmond, B.C., have joined colleagues in two Ontario locations to take part in a drug trial that could greatly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Emergency Health Services said the B.C. paramedics, along with those in Toronto and the Region of Peel, will administer a clinical study drug called NA-1, a substance that limits brain damage if a stoke occurs.

Eligible stroke patients will either receive NA-1 or a placebo.

EHS said results of the trial could help researchers assess the effect of speedy treatment by paramedics, before patients even reach hospital.

Almost two million brain cells die each minute after a stroke, making quick assessment and treatment crucial.

Stroke Services B.C. spokeswoman Pam Ramsay said that if NA-1 reduces the devastating impact of strokes while a patient is on the way to hospital, the results could have tremendous impacts on recovery and rehabilitation. …

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