Women suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot are less likely to get to the hospital in time to receive treatment and drugs, a new study suggests.
Dutch researchers studied 5,000 stroke patients in the Netherlands and found that 11 percent of women received the TPA drug. In contrast, 14 percent of men made it to the hospital and received the drug.
The drug should be administered within four hours of the start of stroke symptoms.
The study found that women got to the hospital a half hour later than men, on average.
The researchers say that most of the women in the study were older than the men, increasing the chance they lived alone and had trouble getting themselves to the hospital.
The study was published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.