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Telestroke services now offered in Alexandria

St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center now provides Telestroke services to Alexandria. Telestroke speeds treatment decisions, which improve patient outcomes.

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Interventional Neurologist M. Fareed Suri, MBBS, is able to connect to the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria to view patients experiencing strokes in real time on screen.

This is so interventions such as intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) medication can quickly be administered to break up clots. IV tPA is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes.

CentraCare Health of Long Prairie, Sauk Centre, Melrose and Monticello will also have Telestroke capabilities later this winter.

It is considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemicstroke but it must be administered within a three-hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best.