Did you know that someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds? Did you realize that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death?

Preventing death from stroke is possible — and it comes down to time. The sooner a patient can get therapy, the more positive the outcomes are.

Speeding Up Stroke Treatment for Better Outcomes

To speed up stroke treatments, there are six mobile units across the nation designed for stroke response. One of them severs patients in Colorado Springs and Aurora. These specialized ambulances provide lifesaving treatment when time is crucial.

The Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit features a nurse, an EMT a paramedic and a CT technologist. They can perform in-the-field CT scans and review the images as if the patient were in the actual hospital. Based on the images, they can start the right treatment more quickly.

This quick treatment can decrease or eliminate disability that results from strokes. In the past three years, the unit has provided this time-saving treatment to 120 patients in Colorado.   

Icon of BEFAST, an easy way to remember the signs of stroke

Remember BEFAST

While treatment can help mediate or prevent disability and death from stroke, the key is reaching out for help. Many people don’t know the signs of stroke when they see them.

BEFAST is an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke. When you notice issues with balance, vision, face drooping, arms weakening or difficulty speaking, call 9-1-1 right away.

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