Worldwide reported use of IV tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke

John Wiley & Sons: 11/10/13

Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator is the most effective treatment for acute ischemic stroke, and its use may therefore serve as an indicator of the available level of acute stroke care. The greatest burden of stroke is in low- and middle-income countries, but the extent to which intravenous tissue plasminogen activator is used in these countries is unreported.

Summary of Review

A systematic review was performed searching each country name AND ‘stroke’ OR ‘tissue plasminogen activator’ OR ‘thrombolysis’ using PubMed, Embase, Global Health, African Index Medicus, and abstracts published in the International Journal of Stroke (Jan. 1, 1996–Oct. 1, 2012). The reported use of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator was then analyzed according to country-level income status, total expenditure on health per capita, and mortality and disability-adjusted life years due to stroke. Read more