Dr. Simon says both white men and women did pretty much equally well on tPA. African
American men a little less of a response, but the drug was still pretty effective
in stopping their strokes.
"But the amazing thing was in the African American women, it had no effect," says
"It wasn't that there was less effect, or an attenuated effect. There was no effect
Dr. Simon says more research is needed - to determine what this means for African
Until then, he says a better option for Black women may be a thrombectomy. That's
a minimally invasive procedure in which doctors mechanically remove a blood clot from
the brain to restore blood flow to the damaged tissue. Over the last few years, this
approach has become more common. But, the procedure is still relatively new, and
is only available at major stroke centers like Grady Memorial Hospital.