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All women need to recognize stroke symptoms and call 911 quickly if a stroke happens to them or someone they love. Getting medical help quickly can save your life. But African-American women 45 and older, who are more likely to have a stroke than other women in the same age range,1 are also less likely to get to the hospital in time for treatment with tPA. African-American women are also less likely to be treated with tPA if they do get to the hospital in time.2 tPA is a clot-busting drug that is the first-choice treatment for the most common type of stroke, but it works best within three hours of stroke symptoms starting.