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UCHealth is unveiling its Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, which will treat stroke victims with life-saving, clot-breaking medication in the field, rather than waiting for a patient to reach the hospital. The unit, one of the nation's first, should help patients with the time-critical condition, as 1.8 million brain cells die every second that stroke treatment is delayed.

The unit, which looks like an ambulance, will have a CT scanner, critical care nurse and equipment to perform a brain scan. It's thought the units eventually could affect the way strokes are treated. UCHealth's unit will split its time between Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs and Aurora.

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