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Network should hasten treatment for strokes

31 Jul
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Capt. John Curry, with the Coral Gables Fire Department, stands by his mother Elaine Curry, as she recounts having a stroke during a press conference announcing the launch of the Fire Officers Association of Miami-Dade Emergency Medical Services Stroke Network at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine on the Modesto Maidique Campus, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in University Park. The network will allow better coordination between fire-rescue departments and hospitals when transporting and treating stroke victims. DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

By Rebecca Burton

Read Miami Herald Article here

Someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, which translates to more than 780,000 strokes in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood to the brain, causing brain cells to die, often resulting in impaired speech and movement, among other issues. Continue reading