Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

The best way to learn symptoms of a stroke is to remember FAST.  If you see sudden:

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness or numbness, or
  • Speech difficulties, then it’s
  • Time to call 911.

How will patients get access to the Mobile Stroke Unit?

The MSU will respond as a part of the 911 Emergency Response System.  When a patient within the MSU’s response area calls 911 about a stroke (or stroke-like symptoms), the MSU will be immediately dispatched to the scene.

What area does the mobile stroke unit operate in?

Currently, the MSU will respond to 911 stroke calls within the Santa Monica area.  However, we are working to expand the program into additional cities including Westwood, San Pedro, and Long Beach.

What are the benefits of mobile stroke units?

By delivering proven stroke therapies to patients faster than ever before, we anticipate this will improve immediate patient outcomes and reduce patient long-term disability, allowing patients to lead fuller, healthier lives.

For more information about the UCLA Stroke Center visit stroke.ucla.edu.