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Cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases and stroke) are the leading cause of death in the United States. People living in rural areas have disproportionately high mortality rates due to stroke mainly due to lack of specialty services. Timely intervention is a critical factor in determining the prognosis for acute stroke and thousands of lives can be saved by recognizing/treating a stroke patient within an hour. This paper deals with telestroke, a unique intervention implemented in Louisianadoi:10.1016/j.jcdr.2013.02.015 pmid:24023480 pmcid:PMC3758068 fatcat:6kd6vssncfg4binndjsxs7arny