What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood (containing oxygen and nutrients) stops flowing to the brain. When this happens, it’s only a matter of minutes before brain cells start to die and permanent damage occurs. Most strokes occur because of a blocked artery. In this case, “clot-busting” medications can help blood begin flowing to the brain again. Sometimes, a stroke can be caused by bleeding in or around the brain.

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1. What is a stroke?
2. What is a mobile stroke unit?
3. What is the benefit of a mobile stroke unit?
4. Why isn’t the mobile stroke unit leaving right away to go to the hospital?
5. Do all patients in the mobile stroke unit get clot-busting medications?
6. The mobile stroke unit is operated by UC Health. Does that mean all patients are taken to a UC Health hospital?