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Medication to prevent blood clots for stroke patients timely

Strokes occur when the brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. There are two classifications of strokes and the treatment may be different depending on the underlying cause of the stroke. A stroke can be hemorrhagic or ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Strokes require immediate medical attention. The sooner patients are treated for a stroke, the more likely they are to survive and have a better quality of life after the stroke.

Antithrombotic therapy is medication given to reduce the formation of blood clots. Studies have suggested that antithrombotic therapy should be given within 48 hours of the first symptoms of ischemic stroke to lower the risk of stroke-related illness and death. 

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received antithrombotic therapy (medication) by the end of day two in the hospital.

For this measure, a higher number is better.