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that's why a new national study is evaluating the benefits of mobile stroke units. >>>melanie falcon: they bring the emergency department directly to patients, which is a potential game changer in stroke treatment. wfmz's nancy werteen reports in life lessons. >>nancy: it's not only important in big cities with heavy traffic, but also in rural areas where long distances to the nearest hospital can make the difference between a full recovery and disabilities that can change a stroke patient's life forever. >>nancy: tremylla (tri?il?uh) johnson wasn't aware she had any risk factors for stroke. but one day, as she sat in class, she suddenly felt dizzy and couldn't move. luckily, she was within minutes of an emergency department . :13 >>tremylla johnson stroke survivor "i couldn't feel my body. i couldn't move, so i'm glad that people were there and i was right across the street from the hospital, and that's what saved my life. :10 >>nancy: experts say every minute that passes following a stroke, two million brain cells die. experts are now bringing the hospital to patients with mobile stroke units. these specialized ambulances have the technology needed to diagnose strokes? and start lifesaving treatments . :10 >>jeffrey saver, md director of the ucla comprehensive stroke center "we need to get patients treated as fast as possible with drugs as well as devices to reopen arteries and save the brain before the window runs out on saving that precious resource." :12 >>nancy: doctors in a handful of major cities nationwide are studying the value of mobile stroke units. experts already know that starting treatment earlier can improve patient outcomes. now they're out to prove that it's also cost effective for patient care :16 >> may nour, md, phd medical director of the ucla arline and henry gluck stroke rescue program "in the u.s. every forty seconds, somebody's having a stroke." "responding to patients quickly with medications and treatments is what gives them the fighting chance for a good outcome." :09 >>nancy: proving the value of mobile stroke units will make them more accessible to hospitals across the country this could be a lifesaving development for the nearly eigh? hundred thousand americans each year who have a stroke. and live with its consequences. :18 may nour, md, phd medical director of the ucla arline and henry gluck stroke rescue program "it can make a difference between a father spending the rest of his days with his family and walking his daughter down the aisle versus spending the rest of his life in a nursing home." :08 ? ?

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