Research Medical Center June 21, 2013

Will Johnson knows it could have been much worse.

“I think it would have been bad because I wouldn’t have been able to talk,” Will says.

And Will thinks he wouldn’t have been able to walk at all. That’s if the Grandview man had waited longer to call 9-1-1 when he was having a stroke.

An ambulance rushed him to Research Medical Center where a scan confirmed the stroke. Then he was injected with TPA, a drug to dissolve the blood clot in his brain.

TPA can be given up to four and a half hours after a stroke starts. A new study of nearly 60,000 patients, including Kansas City patients, confirms that the sooner within that time frame the drug is injected, the better.

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