2 Chicago-Area Mobile Stroke Units Poised to Start Operating
Units Will Allow Treatment to Begin Sooner Making a Huge Difference In Patients' Recovery
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WINFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two suburban Chicago hospitals plan to launch mobile units to bring lifesaving treatment to stroke victims.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Rush University Medical Center are both planning mobile stroke units. They will be the first of their kind in the Chicago area.

The specialty ambulances will carry CT scanners, video-conferencing equipment and clot-dissolving medication. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Northwestern Medicine's unit will launch this month.

The Chicago Tribune reports that statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health show that strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the state. Data show more than 5,300 people died from strokes in Illinois in 2010.

Doctors say the mobile units are valuable because they allow treatment to begin sooner, making a huge difference in patients' recoveries.

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