(NEW YORK) -- The Duke Clinical Research Institute studied nearly 31,000 patients who were admitted to both accredited and unaccredited primary stroke hospitals in New York for one year.
All participants suffered an acute ischemic stroke where blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.
The authors found a lower death rate among patients one month after hospitalization at designated stroke centers compared to undesignated hospitals. The mortality rate dropped from 12.5 percent to 10.1 percent.
Long term survival also improved slightly a year after treatment. The death rate at specialized stroke centers was 22.3 percent compared to 26 percent at other facilities.
The study shows that when time permits, it is better to take a stroke victim to a designated center. Almost 700 of the 5,000 acute care hospitals nationwide are designated stroke centers.
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