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Stroke Team Students Help Save Lives in Emergency Room

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Dr. Sidney Starkman

“Time is brain.”

With these words, UCLA professor of emergency medicine and neurology Dr. Sidney Starkman captures the tick-tick-ticking of the crucial minutes following a stroke — a blood clot or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.

“It’s not just a time clock,” Starkman said. “It’s also a tissue clock,” precious brain cells deprived of nourishment ticking off to death in a matter of hours, brain cells responsible for our ability to speak and move, think and feel. This is where Starkman’s 25-student, all-volunteer Stroke Team comes in.


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