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For stroke patients, experts highlight importance of rapid treatment

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BOZEMAN - When treating a stroke, every second counts. That’s why a new national study is evaluating the benefits of mobile stroke units that bring the emergency department directly to patients, a potential game-changer in stroke treatment.

It’s not only important in big cities with heavy traffic. In rural areas, 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.

Unfortunately, in the Gallatin valley, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital says that this vehicle would not work well with all of our dirt roads and limited range of cell service.

They went on to mention that they recently are stroke certified with a tool called BE FAST, which stands for:

  • B - Balance
  • E - Eyes
  • F - Face asymmetry
  • A - Arms
  • S - Speech
  • T - Time to call 911

"Yes, since stroke is time sensitive, just like heart attacks, it does cut out on the time of treatment,” said Heather Wicks, stroke coordinator at Bozeman Deaconess. “But at our facility, we are acute stroke ready. This is a new certification for us, so we're improving our times just to decrease time to treatment for our stroke patients."

If you feel like you are having any symptoms of a stroke, please call 911 immediately according to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

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