SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Stroke and heart attack patients in Missouri could get faster, better help that will improve their chances for survival under a new state law.
Legislation signed by Governor Blunt on Friday created a ``Time Critical Diagnosis System'' for stroke and a fatal type of heart attack called ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
The legislation requires emergency medical services to take people with acute stroke and STEMI to a designated center of care first.
That's instead of taking them to the closest facility.
Doctors say incoming stroke patients will get ``reperfusion therapy,'' or tPA, a clot-busting drug, as soon as possible.
After a stroke, doctors have about three hours to try to get blood flow back to the brain.